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Hookah lounge just a pipe dream in Palmer

By Joe McDonald, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 29 2014 10:59:36 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 30 2014 12:58:20 PM CDT
Kenneth Janowicz presents his plans for a new hookah lounge to Palmer Township supervisors
PALMER TWP. Pa. -

Plans for a hookah lounge in Palmer Township, Northampton County, went up in smoke Tuesday night after township supervisors raised a number of concerns, including the BYOB part of the proposed Mellow Hookah Lounge on the corner of Route 248 and Van Buren Road.

Kenneth Janowicz, who owns the Mellow Hookah Lounge on South Second Street in downtown Easton, pitched his plans for a hookah lounge to the supervisors but quickly dropped the lounge idea after it appeared unlikely the board would grant him the zoning approval he needed.

“I’m personally not in favor of this at this point,” supervisor Jeff Young said.

Chairman David Colver questioned Janowicz on how he was going to keep underage drinkers away from alcohol brought to the lounge.

He also questioned how the lounge, which planned to feature live music, would fit into a neighborhood setting.

Janowicz then proposed to open a small retail store, selling “non-tobacco” items like e-cigarettes and personal vaporizers, and putting plans for the lounge on the back burner.

But the retail sales proposal was also put on hold until the board’s next meeting, scheduled May 12, after the board asked Janowicz to return with more information on the property where he wants to set up shop.

In other business, the supervisors agreed to advertise for construction of a new salt shed, a projected $380,000 building to be constructed at 3500 Hartley Ave.

The board also agreed to advertise the sale of its public works building, which they want to sell for $1.5 million. A new building is planned two blocks away.