Cigar Factory New Orleans

was established in the city’s famous French Quarter District in 1999. The Owners of Cigar Factory New Orleans have been in the industry for over 25 years, beginning in Las Vegas with Don Pablo Cigar Co, shortly thereafter opening San Diego’s first and only factory in the Gaslamp, before returning the tradition of Cigar Making to The Big Easy.

Cigar Factory New Orleans has a loyal following with a long list of satisfied, repeat customers. With ten fulltime master cigar makers, the factory produces over 500,000 cigars a year between their two locations in The French Quarter. Cigar Factory New Orleans Cigars are not available in Retail Stores. The main factory’s cigar museum houses the only known relics left from a bygone era of manufacturing in New Orleans from the late 1800′s, when its port received tobacco from Cuba and other Caribbean countries producing such famous brands as “El Trelles”, “Jose Vega”, and “La Belle Creole”.

One literally takes a step back in time when entering Cigar Factory New Orleans. It’s pulsating Latin sounds and aromatic scents beckon passers by to indulge in the rich history of the city and the tradition of fine cigar smoking. New Orleans is one of the last city’s where you can still enjoy your favorite cocktail and a hand-rolled cigar as you stroll down century old pathways and revel in the uniqueness that is “The Big Easy”.

Make New Orleans your next trip away from home and bask in the history and soul of the city. Watch our master rollers at work. Grab a Big Easy cigar, a drink, and pull up a chair in front to watch the world go by in true New Orleans style.

As we say “Laissez les bon ton roule” ….. “Let the good times roll!”

Meet the owners



Born in Manilla, Philippines


Don Pablo Cigar Co. Las Vegas, NV. 1988

Cuban Cigar Factory San Diego, CA 1994

Cigar Factory New Orleans 1999

Cigar Factory Destin 2015

Cigar Factory Pensacola 2017


 ” Find what you love to do and you’ll never have worked a day in your life.”


None of these factories would have been possible without the support of the following:

Don Pablo Frias of Teri’s Cigars in Santa Ana, California (My mentor)

From Don Pablo I met some of the most important people in the Tobacco Industry that would ensure my future.

Special Thanks

  The Olivia Family of Olivia Tobacco

Savino Portello of Pureleaf Tobacco

David Perez of A.S.P. Tobacco.

They kept me going even through the Cigar boom of the 90s with great tobacco.

Thanks Again,




Born in San Diego, CA

In my early 20’s I did what most college kids do. I bussed tables and bartended while finishing my degree in hotel restaurant management.   I started working with my father in San Diego in the mid 90’s at Cuban Cigar Factory where I did everything   from working the cash register to putting cellophane on cigars, and quickly discovered how much I enjoyed the history and tradition of fine cigar making.  During the next five years, I had decided that this was “my thing”. When my father sold the business in San Diego, I realized how important it was for me to carry on the family tradition and take a lead role in the next endeavor… read more



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