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I received the below email in my inbox this morning.  (Although I don’t smoke cigars regularly, I’ve been going to the Cigar Bar the last 4 years for its lively atmosphere, great patio dining, an occasional Montecristo, and the sincerity of one of its chefs/ managers, Neil Rideout. )  This establishment has always been perfect for a low-key night out with friends, and I’m especially concerned for its future after having heard the news below.  Please consider supporting your local neighbors.  Thanks.

The smoking ban will end the Cigar Bar and Grill as we know it. We will no longer be able to allow smoking in the courtyard. Please help support our small business by writing the mayor or city council supervisors in your own words and letting them know how you feel about the legislation and how you feel about the Cigar Bar and Grill. You can find the supervisor’s e-mails on this page:

The mayor’s e-mail is

Thank you for your support,

Matt Kahn
Cigar Bar and Grill
General Manager
415-398-0850 phone
415-398-0855 fax
850 Montgomery Street
San Francisco CA, 94133


Written by winniewongsf

March 12, 2010 at 10:09 am

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  1. It´s nice to know that the SF city government is there to make all our choices for us. It´s obviously completely irrational that anyone would choose to go to a bar that allowed smoking in a well ventilated area, so I´m glad they are going to take that option away from us. I´ll be smoking a Cuban in Panama City tonight and mourning the death of freedom in the US.


    March 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm

  2. The new Smoking Ordinance in San Francisco will negatively impact a few businesses, but this does not begin to compare with the 119,130 San Francisco children whose health will be protected by this law. This law bans smoking in common areas of residential buildings, and this is the most common source of exposure to Secondhand Smoke in children’s lives, especially poor children. Secondhand Smoke causes Asthma in children, and there is no cure for Asthma.

    That is why the Smoking Ordinance has been voted for in preliminary hearings by every single supervisor on the board, and why this bill will certainly pass soon.

    Vote for the Smoking Ban and Support Clean Indoor Air for San Francisco’s Children.


    March 13, 2010 at 9:39 pm

  3. Hi Mary,

    First of all, thank you for reading and contributing to the post. You have every right to feel this strongly in your support for the ordinance, and I applaud you for voicing your concerns. Although I would not consider myself an advocate of smoking, I do recognize that smokers have rights too.

    I posted this as a result of sympathizing with the Cigar Bar & Grill staff due to the restaurant’s current position. The final signature for this legislation, to be added by Mayor Gavin Newsom, is to take place this week. CBG has become well-known, in San Francisco, as a space to enjoy a particular hobby outdoors. Some might even agree that the area this restaurant is situated in sees less children than most other commercial spaces in the city. I can’t say that’s true for the other businesses that will be affected if this law is signed.

    Ideally, exceptions would be made for businesses such as the CBG, whose main premise depends on the specialty product and service being offered. The CBG will either have to change it’s name and premise or close up shop, without other alternatives. As someone who has frequented the restaurant in the last few years and enjoyed all of its components, including the occasional cigar, I’m disappointed it’s left with little to no options to survive.

    I won’t be surprised if the ordinance is signed this week, but I will continue to support the Cigar Bar & Grill.



    March 15, 2010 at 9:11 pm

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