Neighbors cheer shuttered hookah lounge in Fairfield
FAIRFIELD — Kings Highway residents are celebrating the calm they say has come over their neighborhood, now that the Sky Hookah Lounge has apparently closed.
The lettering is off the windows, and a dumpster sits in front of the entrance to the hookah lounge that was a target of neighbor complaints about the noise emanating from the after-hours club. In the last two years, there more than 500 calls for service related to the hookah lounge, with arrests and tickets for minor complaints like parking and littering to more substantial crimes like drug use or fights. One patron overdosed on heroin inside the lounge and was revived with Narcan.
The lounge was also the subject of several zoning violations, and according to the town, Tom Brennan, the property owner, withdrew his appeal of the citations because the tenant was evicted, resolving the violations.
According to the Kings Highway Neighborhood Association, the lounge has closed and “Life has been much more peaceful and quiet. We are able to finally get a good night’s sleep without all the disruption and having to call the police every night.”
The association said they have not heard what will be going into the storefront but they will be “on alert and watching carefully.”
But Anwar Malas, who owned and operated the business for the last 9 years, disputed reports of the lounge’s closing in an Oct. 21 post on the hookah lounge’s Facebook page.
Any articles about the Sky Hookah Lounge closing are “100% false accusations and will be reviewed by attorney at law (sic).” Malas said he was not evicted and that Brennan “has also been involved in an ongoing trial for multiple mistakes within our agreement and failure to settle with us in our seek for justice.”
Attempts to reach Malas were unsuccessful. There are three court cases for disorderly conduct, all stemming from the hookah lounge, pending against Malas. According to court records, each of the cases is a awaiting a plea.
In the post, Malas said a police report was made about the dumpster he claims was put there illegally by Brennan.
“We are not an illegal (sic) operated business, in which we hold our Hookah license and is a grandfathered business in the state of Connecticut,” the post states. There is no licensing in Connecticut for hookah lounges. “Town of Fairfield is required to follow laws and regulations that protect hookah lounges in Connecticut,” Malas said, and went on to accuse town officials and neighbors of making false reports. “To protect our business we have hired a legal team of attorneys and investigators to further access any laws and evidence that will be sued against members of the committee that has used its resources as a weapon for defamation of character.”
Malas further wrote, “We are continuing our investigation and gathering all articles and proof of evidence that stress our integrity and respect as a business owner and citizen of Town of Fairfield. We are also announcing our process of opening Sky 2.0 in White Plains, NY. We will continue operating sky and will inform you all of updates.”