by David Koon
Downtown puffers, rejoice! The new Maduro Cigar Bar and Lounge opens to the public tomorrow at 109 Main Street, just south of the Statehouse Convention Center.
Owner Michael Peace said he's been thinking about opening a cigar bar for 12 years, but only began deciding on where the bar would be and what it would stock around two years ago. Maduro features over 200 boxes of cigars, a walk-in humidor, two 6 x 4 foot stand-up humidors, a state of the art air filtration system, free wi-fi and several big-screen TVs. In addition to stogies, customers will be able to select from a full bar featuring fine wine, port, scotch, bourbon, rum, tequila and more, including 30 cocktails with recipes unique to the bar. Those looking for something a little less potent can try Maduro's French press coffee or tea offerings.
Peace said the bar, which features a "Latin-inspired" decor with red walls and brown leather chairs, will have a "rolling soft opening" for a week before their grand opening next Friday night. The bar will have limited food offerings for now. "We're going to do some food, like smoked salmon and meat and cheese trays, but not a full restaurant menu," Peace said. "We might do more food later on, but for now it's very minimal." Visit their Facebook page for more info.
Maduro Cigar Bar and Lounge
109 Main Street
Mon.-Thu.: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri.-Sat.: 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Sun.: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm