Cumberland Gap welcomed a new business in the fall called Game Day Hookah. Owner Anthony Cespedes wanted to bring a new experience to the college students in the area as well as pursue one of his passions.
Cespedes’ experience in the hookah business comes from prior work at a Knoxville hookah lounge for several years while he was in college. He wanted to base his business on several Mediterranean lounges that he has visited but with a personal twist.
“It’s a Middle Eastern concept that’s been around for over 900 years. Even though it doesn’t fit historical Cumberland Gap, most college students enjoy this kind of stuff and around here is where most of them live,” said Cespedes.
Contrary to common misconception a hookah is a device for smoking tobacco that has been flavored with fruit or spice extracts. This pipe is from Middle Eastern culture and many students smoke a hookah while studying or relaxing.
If you are planning to visit Game Day Hookah, bring a photo identification. Because there are tobacco products being used, the minimum age allowed is 18.
“It’s really the younger person’s version of a cigar bar. I’ve purposely separated the lounge into two sides — one for studying and the other for relaxing and watching TV or sports or playing Xbox,” said Cespedes.
Other than several different flavors of tobacco, Game Day Hookah also offers favored teas, sodas and locally baked goods from AK’s in the Gap. They are located at 704 Brooklyn Street and are open Friday from 4 p.m. until 1 a.m., Saturday from noon until 1 a.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-248-1010 ext. 204, firstname.lastname@example.org.