Cigar Bar Proposed For Scramblers Spot

by | Sep 15, 2014

Just a few weeks after Regency Cigar got permission for a full liquor license, a Providence restaurateur has applied to open a “cigar bar” at 564 Main Street, formerly Scramblers restaurant.

John Kent wants to open “Churchill Cigar Bar” and is seeking a full liquor license. Kent owns Hanley’s Ale House, 52 Pine St., Providence, as well as the adjoining Ale House Cigar Bar.

Kent said Monday he is applying for a victualling license as well but no firm decisions had yet been made with what would be offered.

Scramblers, a breakfast and lunch place, closed in July. The building has a parking lot that wraps around three sides, providing more than two dozen spaces, a rarity for that section of Main Street.

The Churchill application will come before the Town Council at its meeting Monday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m.



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  1. Jerome

    Hello Elizabeth,

    I was wondering if you knew what’s happening at the Shell by the Showcase cinemas. It was closed this evening and fenced out, I hope it is not closing down for good. Please find out thank you!

    • Jason Beaumier

      All the Shells locally are being converted to ‘Seasons Corner Market’. Same company, just a different, newer inside setup. See the one at the intersection of Frenchtown Road/South County Trail for an example. The one by Quonset Point is also being renovated right now too.

    • Jason Beaumier

      All the Shells locally are being converted to ‘Seasons Corner Market’. Same company, just a newer design inside. See the one at the interaction of Frenchtown Road/South Country Trail for an example.

  2. Alan Clarke

    Every man in my grandfather’s generation smoked cigars. My father smoked cigars as did some of my older cousins. I tested them for awhile but the sea-change of anti-smoking was winding up and I gave them up. None of the people mentioned above died of anything lung-related and most lived into their 80s and 90s. While I see no problem with these dens popping up, one wonders how long it will be before the first woman cigar smoker shows up. And then I wonder how long it will take before some anti-smoking person, make or female, takes them to court for either not letting them in or letting them in but inundating them with cigar smoke. It’s a different world today and people are willing to give back any of their (questionable) gains. Ah well, I’m just an observer now.

  3. camille

    I’d be happy to see that eyesore get some renovations!!!


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