Behind the scenes bar stories: Permits? Who needs permits?
Has anybody been to the new VIP Hookah Bar & Cafe in Little Italy?
Wait -- maybe I should rephrase that: Did anybody go to the hookah bar in Little Italy?
It might be closed already.
I'm not sure when this place opened. But apparently, the owner thought it was a good idea to bring a hookah bar to the heart of Little Italy without doing his homework -- or even meeting his neighbors.
Here are the details, courtesy of this article by Peter Hermann ...
I love it!
As for those non-existent belly dancers -- VIP Hookah Bar's Web site advertises live belly dancing on Friday and Saturday nights:
We Always Have Something Different Every Weekend Such As Belly Dancing And Different Artists Performing.
Not the brightest bulb, I see.
I'm all for hookah bars, and have written about them extensively in the past. But if you're going to open any business in this city, you've got to make sure all the paperwork is in line. And it's a common courtesy to at least shake hands with your neighbors -- especially in Little Italy.
(Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.)