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Hookah lounge to open on Tulane Avenue

Treo’s owners sold the building at 3835 Tulane Ave. in February. It will reopen as the Vandal Hookah Lounge. (Mid-City Messenger file photo)

A hookah bar will open soon in the Tulane Avenue building that housed the former Treo cocktail bar, according to one of the bar’s owners, Raouf Mousa.

Mousa and Ash Salem, partners in the company that owns the Mid-Town Hotel across the street, plan to open the Vandal Hookah Lounge at 3835 Tulane Ave.  A company they formed purchased the building in February.

Mousa said Tuesday they do not yet have an opening date. The Department of Safety and Permits issued a liquor license for the business on Oct. 16.

The lounge will also serve “very light food,” Mousa said. It will be open for lunch and stay open to midnight.

Mousa and Salem told a meeting of the Tulane Banks neighborhood group earlier this month they were waiting for city approval after completing changes mandated by the fire marshal. “A lot of us are anxious to get that building back open,” a Tulane Avenue business owner told the partners.

Treo closed its doors in February after operating on the site for five years. The bar and restaurant, which featured art exhibits alongside creative cuisine and cocktails, had pioneered an influx of new business along the medical center corridor.

Hookah lounges, where patrons smoke flavored tobacco from a shared water pipe, are a centuries-old tradition in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

5 Replies to “Hookah lounge to open on Tulane Avenue

  1. Perhaps an updated photo would be better. The neighborhood has it’s struggles to begin with…that building has been renovated many many many years ago and looks far better than that dilapidated image portrays.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Very nice gentlemen and well-intentioned in trying to bring Tulane to a new era.
    That said, the name Vandal might not be the best choice.

  3. This is awesome news! Can’t wait for it to open -and the Midtown Hotel is sooooooooo much better now that the criminal element has been chased away from it (big thanks to Raouff and Ash for that). Still a lot of work to do on Tulane Ave and the rest of the TUBA Corridor, but this is a huge step. Thanks y’all, and welcome to the neighborhood!

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