Club Leaf cigar club seeks approval again

Site sought in Cranberry Twp.

August 5, 2020 Cranberry Local News

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CRANBERRY TWP — Although Club Leaf & Bean’s first two overtures went up in smoke in Seven Fields, the private cigar club hopes to win approval in Cranberry Township.

In an application for conditional use filed with the township in late July, Club Leaf & Bean indicated it will ask the township for permission to move into the former site of NOAH’S Event Venue, on Pendleton Way in Cranberry Woods. The former occupant of the site was closed when the national company filed for bankruptcy in February.

The cigar bar had in 2019 applied for conditional use permission at the former site of Hines Ward’s Table 86, which similarly closed after a bankruptcy filing. But in Seven Fields, the company had failed once in convincing borough council to grant approval and was given restrictive conditions on its second appearance before council, ultimately leading to the private cigar club’s appeal to the county court system. It was not immediately clear whether that appeal is still pending.

It’s had better luck in Cranberry in the past, having received approval to build a facility off Ehrman Road in 2015, but the plans for that went up in smoke, with no easily discernible reason. Mark Zini, club founder, said in a past interview that the Seven Fields location — which would have been directly along Route 228 — worked better for the club’s business plan.

The company — which operates one other club in Washington County, as well as two cigar and coffee stores in Allegheny County — did not indicate why it applied for another site use, and Matt Kaltenberger, whose name appears on the club’s application, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment Friday.

Club Leaf & Bean was on the agenda for the township’s Aug. 3 planning commission meeting.

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