A Lebanese restaurant and hookah bar called Fumée Café is set to open at 7250 Columbia Pike in central Annandale. The co-owners, Khali Dib and Hussein Zein, hope the place could open by April 1, although it looks like there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done inside.
|Hussein Zein (left) and Kali Dib.|
It will be a fast-casual restaurant offering coffee drinks, such as cappuccino and espresso, and sandwiches on the first floor and a hookah bar on the rooftop terrace. Eventually, Lebanese specialties will be added to the menu. Dib and Zein are not planning to serve alcohol.
Fumée Café will be open 10-2 a.m. on weekdays and 10-4 a.m. on weekends. There will be seating for 80 to 100 people. Zein says the place will offer a chill, relaxed atmosphere.
The building is on the site of the former Sunset Grille, which closed in 2012. A new building was constructed on that site in 2014. Plans for a restaurant fell through, and that space has remained vacant since then. The other side of the building is occupied by New York Pizza Factory, which recently expanded.