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Archive for October, 2004

Smoking ban may mean last call for bar

 
Friday, October 29th, 2004

That leaves going smoke-free or no longer serving food. Ronning did that for about two months when the ban first took effect — first going smoke-free, then closing his kitchen.

His business fell off about 30 percent — a drop he said is the difference between making it and going under.

Source: Duluth News Tribune. Link Expired.

Landmark Dublin cafes will close

 
Friday, October 29th, 2004

The owners of Bewley’s Oriental Cafes, Ireland’s famous tea and coffee shops have announced that two of their landmark Dublin cafes are to close.

The owners, coffee and tea suppliers, blame running costs, the “coffee to go” culture and the public smoking ban.

The Westmoreland Street shop has been in business since 1896, while the Grafton Street premises, with three floors decorated with stained-glass windows, opened in 1927.

He described the decision to close as “a very emotional event, like a death in the family – it’s like a part of Dublin dying.”

A Bewley’s spokeswoman said Ireland’s public smoking ban had also contributed, especially as a request for outside seating was rejected.

People who used to come in for a coffee and a cigarette don’t do that now,” she told BBC News Online.

Source: BBC News. Link

Pubs rocked by total ban on smokers

 
Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

The Australian Hotels Association claims it could cost 8000 jobs and half a billion dollars a year in gaming and alcohol tax revenue, but the anti-smoking lobby says the bans do not go far enough.

All parties agree that in the year after Victoria banned smoking in gaming rooms, poker machine turnover dropped by 5 per cent.

Source: smh.com.au Link

Smoking Ban Is Killing Local Cafe Businesses

 
Sunday, October 10th, 2004

My business is down 30 percent, I have had to restructure the working hours of my employees. I no longer need them to work as many hours, and never have to double up and have two bartenders a shift. We don’t get enough customers.

I will be lucky if I break even this year.

Source: The Day. Link Expired

Ban goes up in puff of smoke

 
Friday, October 8th, 2004

A Birmingham pub that became the first in the city to go smoke-free has stubbed out the ban after just TWO weeks.

Bar staff at Bennetts put the ash trays back out this week after the move saw takings slump by a staggering 40 per cent.

Steve Savva, manager of Bennetts, said he was annoyed people calling for smoke-free pubs had not supported their efforts.

“It is a shame because we took a risk giving the public what they said they wanted,” said Mr Savva.

“Since going smokefree, we lost a lot of regulars and only gained three or four people and that is not enough to sustain a business in the city centre.

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Restaurant blames diminishing clientele, closure on smoking ban

 
Friday, October 8th, 2004

“If I had known I was going to lose my business I wouldn’t have bought this home.”

The elder Iamunno claims that the restaurant had done well for the first three years. But when the statewide smoking ban snuffed out cigarettes in his bar area last October, 80 percent of his business went up in smoke, he said.

Source: record-journal.com. Link Expired.

Smoking Ban Is Killing Local Cafe Businesses

 
Friday, October 8th, 2004

My business is down 30 percent, I have had to restructure the working hours of my employees. I no longer need them to work as many hours, and never have to double up and have two bartenders a shift. We don’t get enough customers.

I will be lucky if I break even this year.

Source: theday.com. Link Expired.

No puffs, fewer profits

 
Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

“The supposed groundswell of non-smokers that were going to come out of the woodwork to fill that gap haven’t,” said Doug Stephen, president of WOW Hospitality, which operates several restaurants in Winnipeg, including The Old Spaghetti Factory and Pasta la Vista.

The province estimates its gambling profits will plunge more than $27 million this year and continue to tumble the following year, thanks to smoking bans. That’s a loss of about 10%.

VLT revenues have been down about 20% in Winnipeg and Brandon.

Source: Winnipeg Sun. Link Expired.

Rebel Irish pubs flout smoking ban on the quiet

 
Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

Despite the threat of a £2,000 fine and possible loss of their licenses, landlords, some of whom have suffered a 50 per cent drop in sales, quietly allow customers to smoke.

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk. Link Expired

Survey indicates bars are hurting from smoking ban

 
Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

The respondents claimed a loss of about $2 million in gross sales during the first half of 2004, a 24.5 percent decrease from the previous year, and 611 lost full and part-time jobs.

Source: Toledo Blade. Link

Restaurateur says smoking ban has crippled business

 
Tuesday, October 5th, 2004

Rod Anderson said his 16,000-square-foot Hereford House has seen sales dip $10,000 a week since a smoking ban took affect in Lawrence in July.

The staff has been cut by 16, to 74 people, to cut expenses. Receipts from tourists have dropped 40 percent. Bar business is down $1,000 to $1,500 daily.

“Happy hour, Friday nights, the place was packed,” Anderson said of the restaurant’s bar. “Now there’s five people there.”

Source: Kansas City Star. Link Expired.

Smoking ban, less traffic grills Captain Ribman’s Meat Market

 
Tuesday, October 5th, 2004

The Meat Market, 811 New Hampshire St., will close for good tomorrow.

The Meat Market is not the only establishment the ban has affected.

Tanner’s Bar & Grill’s sales have been down by 20 to 30 percent since the ban started, said Susan Wood, day manager at Tanner’s, 1540 Wakarusa Drive. Tanner’s has only been open since September 2003, but Wood said she could tell a difference in the business.

“My bar used to be lined with smokers every lunch,” Wood said.

Wood doesn’t see those people anymore. The numbers have dropped and there’s no other feasible cause, Wood said.

Source:University Daily Kansan. Link Expired.

 

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