CRU Hemp Lounge Opening Before Year-End in College Park, Lilburn

Plans call for 13 new outposts total including in St. Thomas, the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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Two new CRU Hemp Lounge locations are opening in the Atlanta-area this year, Franchisee Sakeissa Robinson confirmed with What Now Atlanta (WNA). Robinson will be taking over a spot on 605 Indian Trail Lilburn Rd NW in Lilburn, while another CRÚ Hemp Lounge is opening up on 5299 Old National Highway in the former site of Rocafella’s strip club and lounge, in College Park.

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“I think what makes CRU unique and a stand out among other kinds of bars and lounges is the vibe at CRU,” Robinson said. “It’s kind of a mix between a lounge and a club atmosphere, but it really brings a kind of peaceful, laidback, chill vibe … almost kind of hippie-like.”

CRU serves handcrafted drinks, hookahs with a variety of flavors, and small plate options — including wings, CRU Lollipop Lamb Chops, and crab CRU Mac and Cheese. Robinson said that the two planned CRU Hemp Lounge locations will be opening up some time by the end of the year, around November or December.

On top of the reported two locations opening up in Atlanta, CRU Hemp Lounge has plans for 11 additional locations that will open within 120 days, according to a press release. The company, which was created over 10 years ago, signed franchise rights for the following cities: Charlotte, DC, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Nashville, Miami, West Palm Beach, Birmingham, and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Michelle Goldchain

Michelle Goldchain is a D.C.-born content creator who previously worked as the Editor of Curbed DC at Vox Media for three and a half years. She has contributed to several local publications, including Vox, Education Week, Washington Business Journal, Eater DC, Washington City Paper, DCist, Washingtonian, and Greater Greater Washington. She also has a background in photography, social media management, and the visual arts. Her main side hustle is a surreal comedy show on YouTube, called Artsplained, that focuses on increasing interest and knowledge in the arts through quirky sketches and long-form essays.

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