Atul Solanki is the founder and owner of The Cigar Castle. He came to the US in November of 1978 with only a dream and no money in the pocket.
He decided he wanted to be an Engineer and from 1978-1985 he worked part time at various jobs to fund his education in Engineering.
With no money but a lot of desire and a vision, he put aside his engineering aspirations when we saw a liquor store for sale. This was his opportunity to start his own business. He purchased the Beverage Castle, a drive through liquor store in 1988.
Always the visionary, he spent the next 10 years saving money and building his business. This dedication allowed him to purchase the building in 1998. With the extra space, and his love for cigars, he added a humidor. Then, in 2006 he built the largest walk in humidor in Tampa with over 1000 sq ft of display cases.
In 2010 he expanded the food and liquor lounge in the space between the liquor store and the cigar shop.
Today in 2019, you can find the rarest of cigars and liquor. Buried within over 1200 open boxes of cigars there are hidden treasures of cigars that have been stored away with proper temperature and humidity for 20 years.
Being the owner of the liquor store next door has its privileges. The lounge has 50 beers on tap, over 300 scotches and bourbon available. Over 500 bottles of beer, domestic and imported for your drinking pleasure.
The lounge offers the best air filtration in the state, so with 50 cigar smokers in the lounge, your eyes will never be burning.
Next door is the Pivo Lounge which is a beautiful non smoking section just in case you want to have your wife join you while you shop.