While its overtures in Seven Fields were denied, Club Leaf & Bean was approved for conditional use in Cranberry Township — more than five years after its original approval there.
The private cigar club was granted approval to move into the former site of Noah's Event Venue in Cranberry Woods, south of Route 228. In 2015, it was granted approval to move into a site on Ehrman Road, but that building was never constructed.
Calling his venue a “country club without a golf course,” founder Mark Zini described the club as a hybrid between a co-working space, a cigar bar and a general business entertainment venue.
“We provide a variety of spaces throughout the facility for different purposes, from enjoying a cigar to working to entertaining customers,” he said.
It's the likely end of a tumultuous yearlong mission for the club, which has another location in Washington County, to anchor itself in southwest Butler County. The club previously attempted to gain a foothold in Seven Fields, but failed once and received restrictive conditions on its next application.
Unlike during its attempts in Seven Fields, the public comment portion of the conditional use hearing was positive.
“It's my opinion that, unequivocally, the community will benefit greatly from an establishment of this nature,” James Brown, who described himself as a “serial entrepreneur,” said.
The approximately 3,000-square-foot business would take up about a third of the space inside the former event venue.