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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September 15, 2014 10:52 pm

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
Jason Beaumier
September 16, 2014 11:22 am
Reply to  Jerome

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
Jason Beaumier
September 16, 2014 11:24 am
Reply to  Jerome

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.

Alan Clarke
Alan Clarke
September 17, 2014 9:28 am

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.

September 17, 2014 3:24 pm

Yelp reviews of the Providence location seem generally promising, and there are a bunch of interior photos as well:

September 18, 2014 10:00 pm

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


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