Bill Niederer and Ron Alred have announced that they will be trading in the Caribbean-themed Mojito Cigar Lounge for a new coffee-themed cigar lounge as they reboot their store in the coming weeks.
After a few days of rumors, news surfaced over the weekend that Mojito Cigar Lounge in Cave Creek has officially closed, with a post on the Mojito Cigar Lounge Facebook page confirming the closure. "Mojito Cigar Lounge has relocated and changed it services and name. We are now Smoke and Joe, a premier full service coffee bar, large walk-in hunidor and cigar lounge. We started construction late this week and hope to have our Grand Opening soon, join our Facebook page for Smoke and Joe."
While a formal opening date has yet to ba announced, the new Facebook page for Smoke and Joe has already been launched and currently shows some photos of the space under construction. The new store's focus will be on premium coffee offerings, with several selections coming from local roasters, in addition to its focus on premium cigars.
The location of Mojito Cigar Lounge location appears to have proved to be too much of a challenge to make a cigar shop feasible. After opening in October 2008, Niederer sold the business to Bart Gerber of Churchill's Fine Cigars in the spring of 2012 and Gerber rebranded it on May 14. Churchill's only lasted about eight months before Niederer reacquired the space in early 2013 and the Mojito Cigar Lounge name returned in February. Amidst those transactions, the space underwent a drastic layout change, with a wall being constructed that effectively cut the floor space in half, though the lounge in the back of the store was preserved.
Smoke and Joe will be located on the southwest corner of Tatum Blvd and Cave Creek Road, about 4.5 miles south of where Mojito Cigar Lounge was located. The address is 29850 N Tatum Blvd, Suite 115 in Phoenix.