A CBD-focused lounge and restaurant helmed by a tangental character on the Real Housewives of Atlanta has its sights set on Dallas.
Cru Hemp Lounge, which was founded in Atlanta a decade ago by businessman and reality-show hanger-on Dennis McKinley, plans to open a location in Deep Ellum in December 2021. In addition, investment materials for Cru Hemp Lounge mention potential future expansions in Houston and Austin.
The hotspot-in-the-making, which is billed as a hookah lounge, bar and fast-casual restaurant, is apparently popular with celebrities in Atlanta. Menu items include elaborately-flavored shisha mixes like gummy bear, fruity peddles, blue melon and spiced chai, alongside “Crutails” including a drink called Pornography, made with Belvedere wild berry vodka, peach and raspberry liqueur, and cranberry and orange juice.
The food menu consists of basic bar food, like wings, quesadillas, sliders and nachos. Cannabidiol oil, or CBD, will presumably be offered as an addition to the cocktails and shisha. The oil, derived from hemp, is purported to induce feelings of relaxation and other health benefits.
This isn’t the first time McKinley has set his sights on Texas. In September, a franchise of his Original Hot Dog Factory opened in Houston. That restaurant is known to Real Housewives of Atlanta viewers who have followed McKinley’s tumultuous relationship with RHOA star Porsha Williams, with whom he has a child. The two have an on-again, off-again relationship, and recently announced a split via Instagram.
Stay tuned for a more firm opening date and Cru Hemp Lounge’s location.