Cigar bar reopens after addressing Shelby County Health Directive violations

WATCH: Cigar bar back open after shutting down for violating Shelby County Health Directive

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Cordova cigar bar is back open after the Shelby County Health Department shut it down for violating the health directive.

The owner of Stogies Cigar Bar and Lounge told FOX13 it was all a big misunderstanding.

Kenneth Roberson said he is just happy to be back in business.

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“Saturday, the health inspectors came in walked around. Long story short. They passed me on everything,” said Roberson.

But Tuesday a notice was posted on his door stating he was closed for violating the health directive.

”It said we were standing at the bar. It said people were in here smoking. That’s not true. It was absolutely ridiculous,” said Roberson.

FOX13 reached out to the health department, which sent a statement saying, “Stogies was initially closed, reinspected Thursday after addressing issues and reopened.”

Roberson also sent us a copy of his statement rectifying the issues. In it he said he will make certain people order food with drinks and enjoy them while seated in the dining area moving forward.

“You have people looking at this saying your business is unsafe, and that’s not the point. We take steps to make sure our people are safe,” said Roberson.

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