You can cut your initial hookah purchase costs by half. You can get KM's wholesale for $60, tops. If you are willing to do a lot of the physical work your self, and you go for a more traditional atmosphere, you should be able to bring the remodel costs in for less then 15k easily. We started our lounge for 10k, and over the last 3 years have added to it as needed. Still have less then 30k in it completely, including projection tv and all new flooring. Had a guy open up a hookah lounge 2 blocks down the street from us last year. He dropped 80k, went wild with everything, lasted 8 months, and we recently bought all his stuff for 20 cents on the dollar when he went out. I can't stress enough- it's about the atmosphere, not about the money spent. Food? We serve snacks, but people don't come to a hookah lounge to eat. Snacks, c offee, tea, lemonade, pop, water- OK. But if you want to serve food, open a restaurant. Food brings a whole new level of licenses, permits, and inspectors, and most importantly labor costs, and it's almost always a loss leader anyway. Ask any bar owner, there's no money in the food end. Call the cities building and permit department, and they will either give you the info you need, ot steer you towards who can. Work with them, NOT against them. If you want some help, e.m. me at email@example.com
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