Potential cigar bar moving in positive direction in Grand Island

Local4 News at 11:30
Published: Jul. 12, 2023 at 12:53 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 12, 2023 at 12:54 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - At Tuesday night’s city council meeting in Grand Island, the topic of a cigar bar coming to the city was discussed.

In order for the bar to be able to operate, the city has to amend its code to allow smoke inside a cigar bar/lounge, as the Nebraska Clean Indoor Act mandates smoke-free indoor workplaces, with cigar bars/lounges as the exception.

”People are looking for new things to do, new experiences,” explained Jeff Berggren, who is partnering with John Gannon to bring the cigar bar to life. “We’ve got successful ones down in Hastings, we’ve got one in Kearney, Lincoln and Omaha have numerous locations, and Norfolk’s getting one. It’s really just surrounding us right now and we’re the only one that doesn’t really have one yet.”

The council said it will draft up an amendment and vote on it at a later date.

In the meantime, Berggren has stated the bar will apply for their liquor license, and choose a location downtown.

”We’ve got a couple locations in mind right here in downtown Grand Island is our main focal point, so we’re really hoping to get something down here going,” Berggren said.

Stick with KSNB for updates on this developing story.