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.
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