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Orland Park Hookah Place Caught Burning Midnight Oil: Cops

The Dwan Hookah Lounge allegedly stayed open later than it was supposed to.

Dwan Hookah Lounge. Credit: Joseph Hosey
Dwan Hookah Lounge. Credit: Joseph Hosey
An Orland Park police officer reportedly caught the Dwan Hookah Lounge staying open later than it was supposed to.

The officer said he as "about to log a check" of the hookah place when he saw a few dozen people still inside at one minute after 1 a.m., police said. Dwan Hookah Lounge should have been closed by 1, according to police.

While he was watching the crowd in the 143rd Place hookah lounge, the officer saw a "pizza delivery guy bring pizza to this location and leave," police said.

The officer then spoke with a man from the hookah lounge named Fred Joshua who admitted he was "slightly outside his operating hours," police said.

The officer reportedly told Joshua he needs to stop serving customers at 12:30 a.m. and have the "business cleared out" by 1 a.m., yet "there were 25-35 customers inside still being served with open tabs," police said.

Joshua reportedly began ringing up his customers and closing the place down.

The hookah lounge was cited for allegedly operating outside of agreed hours but Joshua was reportedly pleasant about everything.

"Fred was cooperative and the business was cleared out by the time I left," the officer said, according to a police report.

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laura May 13, 2014 at 11:01 PM
Seriously?? This is what we pay our police department to do? The business wasn't serving alcohol, correct? So exactly what gives the PD the right to dictate to a small business owner what time (12:30 am) his/her store must stop serving clients (particularly given that alcohol is not involved) in order to shut its doors exactly at the turn of the hands at 1:00am. I suppose the next thing we hear is the Dunkin Donuts is operating outside of prescribed business hours! Overpaid Orland cops have nothing better to do than harass small business owners for such "aggregious" crimes. What a joke!
Paul Ciano May 19, 2014 at 07:22 PM
My guess is there is suspicion of "something else "
Jim Kotecki May 14, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Seriously, Laura? Businesses have licenses and have to abide by certain rules. One of those rules is a set closing time. At first I agreed that it sounded a bit petty, but there wasn't 1 guy hanging out after hours it was more than 2 dozen with open tabs. Are businesses to ignore all OP rules in your opinion? Can McDonalds start serving beer now because the "Overpaid Orland cops have nothing better to do than harass small business owners"? I'll make sure that if I ever open a bar I'll do it right next to your house. And when the city establishes rules for hours of operations I will flaunt them and keep up the noise all night long. Please don't complain, though, as you are only concerned for the rights of small business owners.
Dr G May 19, 2014 at 01:29 PM
Watch out for those loser toy cops in orland
Kay Shelander May 20, 2014 at 07:16 AM
Patch's stories are getting smaller and smaller. Next, they will report on me walking my dog

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