What Does It Take To Open A Successful Cigar Lounge? BLEND Bar Cigar Edition - Episode 186

May 23rd, 2022 · 1 hr 13 mins

About this Episode

This week, Tony and Fingers found out what goes into opening and running a successful cigar lounge from the folks at BLEND Bar Cigar in Indianapolis. In the process, they enjoyed the BLEND Salomones by Davidoff and BLEND's Uncut & Unfiltered Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Tony Katz and Fingers Malloy host Eat! Drink! Smoke! recorded live at Blend Bar Cigar in Indianapolis, IN.

BLEND's Corey Johnston described how he got into the cigar business and the journey that led him to open BLEND in Indianapolis. He also talked about what it takes to run a successful cigar lounge, and reviewed the BLEND Salomones by Davidoff.

Mark Holden of BLEND joined the show to talk about his love of cigars and his motivation to get into the cigar lounge business. What kind of investment and planning goes into opening a premium cigar lounge? Mark explains.

Nolan Smith of Backbone Bourbon went into detail about his partnership with BLEND to create BLEND's Uncut & Unfiltered Straight Bourbon Whiskey. He also described the challenges facing the bourbon industry in this current economic climate.

Blend's Brian Lerman hinted at what customers can expect when they stop by BLEND Bar Cigar. What makes a good cigar and cocktail pairing? Brian answers that important question.

Rick Hubbard of Hubbard & Cravens Coffee Company talked about his partnership with BLEND and what it's like running a coffee company in 2022.

All that and much more on episode 186 of Eat! Drink! Smoke!

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