“There’s a lot of skepticism in the beginning, but when they do come in and try it, the experience, they like it, so you know they do come back,” said bartender LaRay Byrd.
The grand opening of the cigar bar coincided with a countywide push to crack down on smoking, but the owners say it hasn’t hurt business so far.
“No, actually we’ve seen a nice steady increase of business. We’re just beginning to really advertise,” said Dorsey Adams, co-owner of Dirty Ash’s Cigar Bar.
They may be bucking the anti-smoking trend, but they are keeping an eye on it.
“Well it is a concern. A number of states and cities across the country have banned smoking. We thought about it. We were saying that if they did kind of outlaw smoking in restaurants or bars, hopefully they wouldn’t outlaw it at all places. We might be able to maybe attract cigar smokers to our establishment. Hopefully it won’t get to that point in Jefferson County, but if it comes to that you know we’ll…we’ll just have to deal with it. We just have our fingers crossed right now at the moment,” said Dorsey Adams, Dirty Ash’s Cigar Bar.
Some customers enjoy the atmosphere, if not the smoke.
“I’m really for non-smoking,” said Eric Davis. “To have a designated place for cigar smoking, I don’t see a problem with it. I hope it doesn’t get zoned out.”