Hookah bar, restaurant opens on U Street NW

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Vivid is located at 1334 U St. NW. (photo courtesy of Smret Tewolde)

The new bar, restaurant and hookah club Vivid Lounge opened in the U Street corridor in May.

Vivid is located at 1334 U St. NW. (photo courtesy of Smret Tewolde)

Owners Henok Melkie and Omar Yusuf chose the second and third floors of the building at 1334 U St. NW because of the proximity to one of the city’s central nightlife destinations. The restaurant portion offers “mainly bar food” like wings, quesadillas and chicken tenders, according to general manager Smret Tewolde.

The spot hopes to cater to a diverse crowd with a wide range of musical genres, strong customer service and a “relaxing ambience,” Tewolde said