A Costly Lesson for Blue Lotus
"Newman is not a collectible person!"
For months there was a sign in the window of Town Center Plaza, next to the now-closed Eastern Accents, announcing a forthcoming Blue Lotus Carryout and Blue Lotus Hookah Lounge. Thirty-six-year-old Khaled Mohamed was excited about his venture. He had found a way around Michigan's strict laws governing smoking in restaurants--the smoking lounge and the restaurant would be separate businesses. "We would cook the food in the restaurant and deliver it to you in the smoking lounge."