Robusto Bar Rescue Update (Havana Mix Cigar) – Still Open in 2022?

Is Robusto By Havana Mix still open in 2022?

Status: >> OPEN <<
(keep reading to learn what happened)

Season: 6 | View All Season 6 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: March 18, 2018
The Bar's Original Name Was: Havana Mix Cigar
Robusto By Havana Mix Address: 250 Peabody Pl Memphis, TN 38103

Robusto Bar Rescue Update (Havana Mix Cigar)

Episode Recap

Havana Mix Cigar Emporium, later renamed to Robusto By Havana Mix, was a Memphis, Tennessee bar that was featured on Season 6 of Bar Rescue.

Though the Robusto Bar Rescue episode aired in March 2018, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that in late 2017.

It was Season 6 Episode 2 and the episode name was “Close, But No Cigar”.

Havana Mix Cigar is a cigar bar located in Memphis, TN.

Robb Hunter opened Havana Mix Cigar in 2012 as a cigar shop.

Customers wanted a cigar bar, and Robb started serving liquor in 2014.

Rhobb Jr, Robb’s son (with a slightly different spelling, as far as I can tell), came into help and had to leave his graduate school program. He is not interested in working at the bar. 

The bar is not the main attraction of Havana Mix Cigar and gets neglected.

They are lacking in equipment and ingredients.

The bar is in mounting debt, and Robb and his son have poor communication. 

Jon asks his experts to find 18 locals to enter the bar to test the service.

Robb meets with Jon and says he thinks his son is lazy.

The hidden camera footage shows Rhobb Jr working alone.

Jacob Fourth, a cigar expert, and Chef Anthony Lamas go into the bar.

The first drink they order the bar does not have the ingredients for, and they do not know how to make their second drink, a manhattan. 

Doug, the bartender, helps make their whiskey drinks, and they taste terrible.

Personally, I would expect a cigar bar to have really good cocktails, so it’s a huge red flag if the bar can’t even make the classics.

When the spies order food, the bartender has to cook it.

As you’d expect, the food is not impressive.

Robb and Jon Taffer enter Havana Mix Cigar so Robb can talk with his son.

Jon tells Rhobb Jr he spent time selling an 11 dollar cigar when customers were waiting for drinks. 

Robb says he would allow his son to make more choices, but he is resistant to change.

Jon Taffer leaves the father and son to talk over their issues.

The next day at the meeting, the staff tells Jon there is no way for customers to know there is a bar.

There is also no Cuban food on the menu despite the bar’s name. 

At this point, the experts are introduced.

Jon Taffer wants Rhobb Jr to focus more on the bar than the store.

Jacob shows the bartenders how to make classic cocktails like a mojito and whiskey sour.

Chef Anthony leads the kitchen team on how to make sauces using limes.

Every time something goes awry during the stress test, a cigar must be placed into a jar. 

The bar staff tries to make more than one drink at a time, but they make mistakes.

The fryer isn’t working, and cook times are close to twenty minutes.

The kitchen eventually needs to be shut down.

Andrea is hired as a cook and is trained on bite-sized food.

Robb and Rhobb Jr reconnect and have an emotional conversation that ends with a hug. 

As part of the changes, the bar is renamed to Robusto by Havana Mix.

The inside is made with lots of leather furniture and warm lighting.

They are gifted ice machines, POS systems, and a lifetime subscription to TVT training.

During the relaunch, customers are happy to have cocktails.

The kitchen is making food fast and tasty. The owners hug Jon. 

So was the Havana Mix Cigar Bar Rescue visit a success? Let’s talk about what happened after the cameras stopped rolling!

Robusto By Havana Mix Update - What Happened Next?

Now that we’ve recapped the Robusto Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened after Jon Taffer and his crew left Havana Mix Cigar and Memphis TN.

At the normal six week check-in with the Bar Rescue producers, we learn that sales at Robusto by Havana Mix are up by a quarter, which is a great way to start things off.

Rhobb Jr is now the manager at the business and getting more control.

Is Robusto from Bar Rescue still open?

As of 2022, Robusto by Havana Mix is still open and serving customers in Memphis, TN.

Reviews for the bar seem very good, as it has an impressive 4.5 star rating on the Robusto Yelp page.

This is one of the highest Yelp ratings that I’ve seen for any bar from Bar Rescue, so it seems that Robb and his crew are doing a great job at the bar.

If you’re in the Memphis area and you want to check it out, you can learn more at the official Robusto by Havana Mix website.

What happened to the Robusto by Havana Mix owners?

As of 2022, Rhobb Hunter Jr. is listed as the Head of Operations at Robusto by Havana Mix on his LinkedIn page.

Robb Sr. also just generally seems to be doing really well in business.

He has a partnership with NBA player Dominique Wilkins.

He also has some other cigar-related businesses, with Burning Desire Cigars in Lakeland, TN and Cigar Haven in Southhaven, Mississippi.

Overall, this one seems like a very successful Bar Rescue episode. Congrats to Robb and Jon Taffer!


More Information

https://www.yelp.com/biz/robusto-by-havana-mix-memphis
https://www.facebook.com/havanamix1/


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Last updated: 2022-04-08 07:08

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