Tuesday, April 26, 2005


Smoking or Non-Smoking? Please respond.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Save your lungs and the lungs of ones you care about.

8:20 AM  
Blogger miss rogue said...

I'd like to be non-smoking, but alas, smoking.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe smoking inside after dinner, outside otherwise.

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i often prefer a fag post gustation...with a stiff drink. neither during, nor beforehad though. I think a time schedule is in order. after dinner inside, outside for all others. in essence, i agree with the previous comment

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fag? Go back to London, Limey.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Non-smoking. You won't lose business. You'll gain a very loyal bunch of bar groupies who value their sense of smell.

2:13 PM  
Blogger John J. Goddard said...

If your place was primarily a restaurant, I could see making some changes in the smoking policy.

Consider these tough questions: Are you running a Southside bar, or a Starbuck's Muffin House? What percentage of your current regulars smoke? How often do your non-smoking friends patronize your business and complain about the smoke? Statistically speaking, who drinks more, smokers or non-smokers? And which do you currently sell more of, alcohol or food? We all have ideals, even me - and I cook at a pub down by the railroad tracks.

Consider purchasing a negative ion generator, even with your smoke-eaters installed. And remember those nifty smoke-eating ashtrays from the early 80's? Not only are they kitschy and cute, but they also reduce emissions from the cigarette - and it's the second-hand smoke from the burning end of a stogie that's most poisonous, not that which has been filtered through cotton and human lung tissue. Also, if you keep the air in the bar moving in one direction with gently blowing, strategically placed fans (i.e.- from front to back), you would be herding lots of complaints out the door along with second-hand smoke.

I can't imagine a bar owned by Steve Smith in which cigars are not allowed. Not very old-school.

Bars are not health clubs. If ten of your friends came in and complained about the drunken townies in your bar, would you consider not serving alcohol?

There are a lot of mistakes waiting to be made in your new enterprise, some of them potentially fatal. Don't let your ideals cloud your view of the bottom line. Remember the Firehouse? Ask me to tell you sometime about how the ownership's ideals and good intentions got them where they are today (out of business).

And, oh yeah... you can keep an eye on my professional and private culinary endeavors at:


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6:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bar owners often complain about no-smoking restrictions because they don't have anywhere outside to accommodate smokers. Your bar is lucky to have a big beautiful patio almost as large as the bar itself. Smoking outside. Nonsmoking in. Everybody's happy.

9:40 AM  
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4:44 AM  

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