Since the beginning of 2019, former Carolina Panthers and current New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has given up something for one month in order to prepare for the upcoming NFL season. He’s stopped gambling, went vegan, and even gave up sex. Turns out, he was working on other projects as well.
It was quite the week for the former NFL MVP. Newton and his girlfriend, Kia Proctor, announced they were expecting a fourth child, and the star quarterback also opened a brand new cigar bar in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.
Some people got to see Newton’s new business venture near Mercedes-Benz Stadium in a soft opening during the 2019 Super Bowl weekend, but a ribbon cutting and grand opening made it official. The doors officially opened to the new spot called Fellaship.
Cam Newton’s Cigar Bar
So what is Fellaship? It’s an “exclusive intimate lounge and restaurant” located on Centennial Olympic Park Drive, according to Eater Atlanta. It’s a 4,600-foot club designed by the Meyer Davis Group with a dining room and bar, mezzanine level, a wine room and a VIP lounge behind moving bookshelves.
It sounds legit, but these pictures make the cigar lounge look incredible. According to ESPN and Melt Sports and Entertainment CEO Vince Thompson, Newton and his brother C.J. spent over $7 million to get the project off the ground.
“I’m excited because not only will you have a good opportunity to smoke a cigar, there will be a culinary experience like no other. For me, just smoking a cigar is just like the rookie stage. But when you pair it with certain wines, bourbons, and different things, being educated about that, that’s what’s so interesting about food in general and even cigars.”
— Carolina Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton, via ESPN
The 34-year-old C.J. Newton, as many Cam fans should know, played college football at Tennessee State and briefly in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens.
Cam Newton, an Atlanta native, started smoking cigars after the Panthers lost to the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl to help him relax. Now his passion project came to live in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood.
So when the former Auburn Tigers superstar isn’t playing football in Charlotte or New England, there’s a pretty good chance you can catch him at his cigar bar-lounge in his hometown of Atlanta, enjoying some fine dining with a good cigar in his hands at all times.
As of October 2020, Fellaship is still going strong. Cam and C.J. celebrated Founder’s Day in May 2020, and the joint has even welcomed stars like Ludacris inside.
This post was originally published on May 3, 2019.