|yes, they do serve alcohol and it has a slight clubby atmosphere b/c of the booming music and lighting . their hummous is amazing, the best I've had.
check out the pd article from last week
|Walk into Kan Zaman (1917 West 25th St., Cleveland; 216-685-1500) on any weekend night, and you'll spot dozens of people -- American and South Asian alike -- sitting around smoldering, 3-foot-tall hookahs. Credit goes out to Wael "Wally" Ayyad for importing this enjoyable pastime to Cleveland.
Why do people enjoy smoking the hookah?
Smoking the hookah is a very relaxing activity. It relieves stress. Back home [in the Palestinian territories], it's more of a family thing. We go out for lunch or dinner, and we all smoke the hookah.
Is it bad for your health?
Most people think its worse for you than cigarettes. Its not. The water in the narghile [hookah] filters out the smoke and makes it clean. And you dont inhale the smoke.
What goes in the hookah bowl?
We import our tobacco from Jordan. Hookah tobacco is mixed with fruit pulp and molasses. So it's less strong than regular tobacco. And it burns slower.
What's the most popular flavor?
We sell 21 different flavors. The most popular ones are strawberry, grape and apple.
Does anybody try to pack the bowl with "special" tobacco?
No, no one puts their own stuff in the hookahs. My customers know they aren't allowed to do that. All hookahs are filled in the back by me.
Do some rookies need assistance?
Yes, some people need to be shown how to smoke the hookah. Occasionally, people will blow in the hose instead of inhale.
How many hookahs do you own?
I have 100 hookahs from Egypt, Jordan and Syria. On a busy weekend night, they will all be in use.
-- Douglas Trattner