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Bakersfield’s new hookah lounge offers more than smoke

Denise Gonzales

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Bakersfield residents are now being treated to a new indoor hookah cafe. Elixir Cafe is now the second hookah-inspired lounge in town although this particular lounge offers its customers a diverse mix of cultured decor and food.

Esraal Alqudah, owner of Elixir Cafe located on the corner of Brimhall Road and Calloway Drive, took time and thought to bring residents a new authentic atmosphere for all to enjoy.

“I have seven successful years in the restaurant and hookah business,” said Alqudah. “My family also runs and operates hookah cafes in the Orange County and Los Angeles areas, so I have gained a lot of knowledge on how this business should be given to customers.”

The cafe is open to the public during their morning and evening restaurant lunch hours. Alqudah specifically created a diverse mix of authentic cuisine to be offered. He decided to expand his menu far from the typical Mediterranean food offered at hookah lounges.

“We serve the all-American fast foods, appetizers, shakes, coffee and desserts,” said Alqudah. “Along with our over top list of hookah flavors for the 18 and over to enjoy.”

The Elixir Cafe offers an extensive diverse choice of decor and a mix of exotic luxury with a bit of old vintage touches. The cafe is surrounded from top to bottom with warm and vibrant color hues. Couches are aligned on the four walls that contrast circular tables that fill the entire room. All four walls are given a specific authentic style theme so its customers can feel as if they were in a completely cultured state of mind and atmosphere.

Special events will be occurring periodically. Guest DJ’s will perform on hookah nights for all to enjoy. The cafe is set to have an affordable menu of food and hookah flavors.

“We have been open for four weeks,” said Alqudah. “We are having a grand opening March 27 were I will bring to feature Bakersfield’s well known DJ’s, DJ Mike and DJ Oso Mighty.”

The cafe allows residents to socialize and have a place to go and actually lounge. Elixir also offers free Wi-Fi Internet access to its customers.

“We have free Wi-Fi, which allows people to come and do anything like homework, read, socialize and just enjoy themselves,” said Alqudah. “I come with experience and a family with a successful background in the business.”

“I am currently advertising on the local radio stations, Myspace and word of mouth. Bakersfield residents have a new place to enjoy and I hope for all to take advantage in the towns new hookah cafe.”

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