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The Shade Bar and Grill Story2018-08-31T15:17:45+00:00

WHAT’S IN A NAME

HISTORY ABOUT “SHADE-GROWN TOBACCO”

As you’re traveling on Interstate 91 or on local state and town roads north of Hartford, CT one can not help but be captivated with the vast fields engulfed in billowing gauze and dotted with uniquely crafted barns that harbor and care for their treasures until ready for a vast international market.

For 300 years and counting tobacco still makes it’s presence felt there. The Connecticut Valley and tobacco have been synonymous for well over 3 centuries, dating back to before the first settlers.

CONNECTICUT SHADE GROWN TOBACCO

INDUSTRY WAS LAUNCHED

Native Americans were growing a precursor to broadleaf tobacco for personal use and trade. The use of these leaves for cigar manufacturing in the region dates around 1762, based on cigars brought back from Cuba by General Israel Putnam. Later Havana seed was introduced to the region. These local leaves were used for both filler and wrapper. These leaves were inferior to the Sumatra tobacco leaf, which could not be grown locally and too expensive to import. Depending on which history you read it was around 1900 when Dr. Jenkins, a Windsor resident raised a patch of Sumatra under cloth, or local grower Marcus Floyd under a tent, that the Connecticut Shade Grown tobacco industry was launched. It was not long thereafter that Connecticut’s grown shade tobacco was the industry benchmark for quality in a wrapper tobacco, used by the heralded and renowned brands of Macanudo, Dunhill and Davidoff.

HARD WORK & DEDICATION

ENJOY TIME WITH FRIENDS & LOVED ONES

Though challenged by the economics of competition from manufactured wrappers, waning tobacco demand and industrial need for space, the leaf wrapper and supporting industries still have a major presence and influence on the blue collar culture of this region.

Our first Shade Bar and Grill was developed in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. We wanted to exemplify the creativity, ingenuity and the willingness to persevere that the people of this region demonstrated; the generational culture of hard work, dedication, focus and the ability to shrug it off at the end of the day and enjoy their friends and loved ones. Shade Bar and Grill is your kind of gathering place for just this reason.

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