USA Today Reviews the Strip!
Take a walk down the block and enter the Leaf and Bean and you are instantly swept away from Pittsburgh's cracked sidewalks to Key West, Fla.'s sandy beaches and stalwart palm trees. There, former Marriott executive Jim Robinson, and former corporate personal financial engineer, Sunny Kroser, rein over their loyal base of smokers, luring them with hand-rolled cigars and coffee roasted on the premises.
But, possibly most important, they offer an escape: mosaic-covered tables, beach knickknacks, seashells and fishing nets cover the walls, ceilings and shelves, allowing one to pretend they have left Pittsburgh's typically wet, gray climate for warmer environs.
"I wanted to grow my hair long and stop wearing suits," Robinson said, explaining why he left his cushy job with Marriott to open a shop in the Strip.
Posted December 11, 2011 at 9:56 PM