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.