Beneath glittering rows of crystal ropes that hang from the ceiling, the blue, green, and purple tones of Hydro Bar & Grill bathe visitors in a cool light. Get a well drink at the bar or take a seat to puff on one of many hookahs. Browsing is encouraged, whether you're looking at a menu of edibles from the full kitchen or websites courtesy of Hydro's free WiFi. Before 10 p.m., Hydro is open to patrons aged 18 and older; after that time, you must be 21 to enter.
Tell us about your business.
We are a coffee and wine bar in Arlington. We sell coffee, espresso drinks, frappes, and smoothies. In addition, we serve food such as salads, breakfast sandwiches, turkey burgers, and paninis, [just to] name a few things. We have poetry and open-mic nights, as well as dance classes. We are in the process of obtaining our alcohol license, [but] in the meantime we do [offer] complimentary wine and beer with the purchase of an entree, as well as BYOB.
What kind of expertise do you have?
We're a new business (just opened in November 2012), but I have cooking experience and my son attended Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. Between the two of us, we run the kitchen.
What makes your business stand out from the competition?
We have a niche in that we are not just a coffee house, but a wine bar also. We're sort of outside of the box. Our ambiance is outstanding, and it's a great place to wind down after work, gather with friends, or get some work done on your laptop. We have free WiFi with any purchase, and a rewards program. Great customer service is most important to us.
What are a few of your most popular services?
People love our turkey panini and frappes. Additionally, the chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits are very popular.
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