Towne House cigar bar liquor license in limbo after nonprofit concerns

FALL RIVER — The 100 Cigar Club is promoted as an exclusive club offering gold or silver memberships at $1,000 or $500 to sip expensive liquor and smoke cigars on the top floor of the Towne House restaurant and bar complex. It’s also a nonprofit that’s exempt from paying real estate property taxes to the city.

On Wednesday, the city’s Licensing Board tabled the transfer of a liquor license for the 100 Cigar Club, after raising questions about the business’s nonprofit status.

“My concern is what is the Licensing Board’s duties and responsibilities [are] when it comes to this,” said Licensing Board Chairman Tim McCoy.

Paul Filogenio, the new majority owner of the Towne House, and Luis Bettencourt, the original principal owner, are seeking the liquor license transfer for the Portuguese American Society, the nonprofit doing business as the 100 Club corporation. The Towne House website states the club is named as such because it is limited to 100 members.

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Former co-owner Jenny (Fernandes) and manager of Towne House restaurant and the 100 Club cigar bar is no longer affiliated with the business.

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According to the Board of Assessor’s office, a business with a nonprofit status is not required to pay real estate property taxes, but it could be obligated to pay personal property taxes.

A check last month showed the assessor’s office had no listing in its database for the 100 Cigar Club bar and hookah lounge.

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