Nas Musa, the owner and general manger of Casablanca, 728 E. Brady St., was joking when he told regular customer Smit Patel that he could get $5 hookah service for life if he got the restaurant's logo tattooed on his arm.
A couple days later, Patel proved that he wasn't just blowing smoke (ahem) when he said he'd do it. He showed up at Casablanca with a fresh tattoo of the logo – which was created by Musa's father in 1987 – on his arm.
He received the tattoo from Saints and Sinners, a shop just down the street from Casablanca at 1225 E. Brady St.
"I was shocked," says Musa. "I really didn't think he would do it. But of course I will honor my word."
Hookah service is usually $20 at Casablanca, but for Patel, it is now a quarter of the price.
"I put it on Facebook and now a few others have asked if they can get the same deal," says Musa. "I have to think about that."
On a side note, this is not the first time a Milwaukeean got a local-business logo tattoo. In 2016, after 15 years of service, I got an OnMilwaukee tattoo on my arm. No regrets.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.