Robusto & Briar, Northeast Ohio’s new premier cigar shop and lounge, now open in Lakewood

LAKEWOOD, Ohio – Cigar aficionados in the Greater Cleveland area—and beyond—have a new destination.

Robusto & Briar, a premier cigar lounge, has opened in Lakewood.

In designing what he hopes to be “the perfect cigar shop and lounge,” proprietor Patrick Siegel has developed a space noteworthy for both its lineup of pipe tobacco, cigars and accessories, as well as its rehabilitation of the building at 1388 Riverside Dr., off Detroit Avenue in Lakewood.

The shop features a wide selection of cigars, pipe tobacco, lighters, cigar cutters, humidors and handmade briar pipes. Among the varieties of hand-blended pipe tobacco offered by Robusto & Briar are several house blends crafted by Siegel, a tobacconist with more than a decade of experience honing his craft in Minneapolis.

“We have a passion for fine tobacco products and accessories, and we look forward to sharing our love and knowledge with fellow enthusiasts here in the Greater Cleveland area,” Siegel said.

Before he could get to work perfecting his tobacco blends, though, Siegel’s first task upon arriving in Lakewood was reviving a tired property at the confluence of residential and commercial buildings. The process included restoring and rehabilitating the space’s historical aspects and seamlessly incorporating modern technology, including a high-efficiency HVAC system.

Now, Robusto & Briar is anchored by a 360-square-foot walk-in humidor made of Spanish cedar. It is also adorned with century-old cabinetry, counters and storage units from an old candy and cigar shop that were purchased in Youngstown and restored to their original condition.

“Two things were very important in our construction: sustainability and being a good citizen of Northeast Ohio,” Siegel said. “We’re proud to have used locally sourced materials and worked with local vendors as much as possible, and the result—a timeless, yet modern space where you can relax and enjoy superior products and service—speaks for itself.”

The shop features two separate lounges where patrons can enjoy cigars while watching large high-definition televisions—an ideal spot to either start or conclude a night out in Lakewood. Additional setting areas include: comfortable chairs by the front window, a private desk in the rear of the store, and a working stand-up desk. Private areas like these and new conference/meeting places to be included in the rear of Robusto will make Robusto & Briar a popular spot during business hours, too.

About Robusto & Briar

Located in Lakewood, Ohio, Robusto & Briar is the Greater Cleveland area’s premier cigar store and lounge offering the finest cigars, hand-blended pipe tobacco, accessories and customer service. The shop features cigars from a variety of top brands, hand-blended pipe tobaccos and a spacious lounge with timeless décor and modern amenities. | On Facebook