Huckas goes up in smoke
Sorry for the pun, but I couldn't resist.
Midnight Sun spies report that Huckas, the three-year-old hybrid sports bar/hookah lounge on Boston Street, has closed.
The phone number has been disconnected, and passersby told me there is paper in the windows (the mark of death).
If I had to speculate on why it went under, I'd say the space was just too big and, just like the late Bedrock, it suffered from an identity crisis. Was it a sports bar? Or a hookah bar? It ended up being the worst of both worlds.
Not to mention the smoking ban, which threw co-owner Jay Sikander for a loop. I don't know if they ever really recovered from it.
But I do want to take a moment and tell you about the time we went a couple years ago ...
We walked to the back part of the downstairs, where a couple guys were smoking a hookah. Our conversation went something like this:
Them: Hey! Have you ever tried one of these bongs? They're crazy!
Us: Yes, actually, they're called hookahs --
Them: Dude. You gotta try one of these bongs. We'll get you one. Hey, can we get another bong? We want a bong for our friends here.
Us: Uhhh ... thanks.
(Photo by Christopher T. Assaf/Sun photographer)