Casa Fuente, one of the world’s most famous cigar bars, is fighting to remain just that, a cigar bar. The Las Vegas lounge is known for its luxury and is appealing to smokers since you can actually puff on a cigar inside and relax. Recently the bar has been forced to ban cigar smoking on its patio, perhaps the biggest draw to the space.
Located inside the Forum shops at Caesars Mall in Las Vegas, Casa Fuente has two parts to it, an inside shop and an outside lounge area. The inside features a cigar store and a small bar where guests can order cocktails. The outside area is more of a lounge and seats up to 65 people. Inside the store smoke is ventilated by a high tech filtration system, but the smoke on the patio just vents into the mall, so that’s where the complaints are coming from.
The shop was forced to stop the smoke on the patio after a nearby retailer complained about the smell from the smoke. Store owners are working quickly to address the problem so everyone can enjoy the space more comfortably.
Store owner Michael Frey told Cigar Aficionado they are going to re-do the ventilation system. “We’re going to start retooling our air filtration system… phase two is we’re going to extend the store,” Frey said. “By the end of the year we will hopefully enclose the whole patio.”
This year’s IPCPR trade show will be held in Las Vegas and Casa Fuente is sure to get a big crowd. Owners of the cigar store/lounge hope that everything will be done in time for the big event.