Plans for Elmwood Village Hookah Bar Approved by Buffalo Common Council

April 15, 2014 Updated Apr 15, 2014 at 11:20 PM EDT

By Jill Perkins

April 15, 2014 Updated Apr 15, 2014 at 11:20 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) A New business is bringing Middle Eastern culture to the Elmwood Village.

Plans for Habibi Sheesha Lounge, a hookah lounge, were approved Tuesday by Buffalo Common Council.

The lounge will be the third location for owner Amr Abbas, who owns and operates establishments in Amherst and Niagara Falls.

Abbas says hookah is rich in history and culture, and that in the Middle East it serves as sort of the same social hot spot as coffee shops or bars do here. Hookah does not give you a high though, Abbas added.

Council's approval came with some conditions: the lounge cannot sell food or liquor.

Habibi Sheesha will likely open to the public on May 1st.

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