Over the weekend, Mojito Cigar Lounge in Cave Creek officially announced its closure, but that doesn't mean that Bill Niederer and Ron Alred are done with cigars. They're just trading their cocktails for coffee as they prepare to launch a new concept in a new north Phoenix location.
Smoke and Joe will focus will be on premium coffee offerings, with several selections coming from local roasters, in addition to its focus on premium cigars. The new Facebook page for Smoke and Joe has already been launched and currently shows some photos of the space under construction.
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.
Mojito Cigar Lounge's location appears to have proved to be a challenge for making 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.
A grand opening date for Smoke and Joe has not yet been announced.