Cigar aficionados know restaurants that welcome smoking at the table have long been a vanishing breed. But 1000 North, a new, high-end dining establishment in Jupiter, Florida, is reversing that trend by putting out the welcome mat to cigar smokers with a spacious (and weather-sheltered) outdoor area where smoking is allowed, and the restaurant has three humidors filled with cigars that will surprise and impress.
The restaurant, which opened in January 2018, has several well-known owners, among them Michael Jordan, Ernie Els, Justin Thomas and Marvin R. Shanken, the editor and publisher of Cigar Aficionado magazine. Ira Fenton, managing partner of 1000 North, says the area was missing a fine-dining spot. “There was a demand,” he says. “This is the golfing mecca of the Eastern United States. Within six miles of 1000 North there are over 10,000 members of private golf clubs.”
The goal was to serve that clientele with superb food, wine and a place to enjoy a cigar. The restaurant’s dining room, which has a dramatic, curved, wood-paneled ceiling, features all prime beef, fresh fish, pastas and poultry. “A diverse menu,” says Fenton. The 12-page wine list has bottle prices that range from $50 to the thousands, with several high-profile Bordeaux and Burgundies and one wine aging into its fifth decade, a 1975 Bertani Amarone ($1,000). Two of the pages are dedicated to wines by the glass.
The cigar list at 1000 North has 10 selections (priced from $25 to $50), including such standouts as the Padrón Serie 1926 No. 9, the Fuente Fuente OpusX Double Corona and the Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado, all former Cigars of the Year.
You can smoke your cigar (and dine as well) on the terrace, which can seat some 80 patrons. The space was recently upgraded with a high-tech, rain-sensing pergola. When drops begin to fall, the slats of the pergola automatically close, keeping diners on the terrace dry. “We can keep it open 98 percent of the time,” says Fenton. You can have a full meal on the terrace, or simply pair your cigar with an after-dinner drink.
The yacht-friendly 1000 North also has a 350-foot dock on the Loxahatchee River. Upstairs from the restaurant, there is a members-only club area, complete with its own cigar-friendly balcony.