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Appleton’s Smoking Ban One Month Later

Friday, July 29th, 2005

Emmett’s Bar and Grill in Appleton is seeing some lean times. “Quiet. It’s been very quiet,” owner Sharon Reader says.

Some business owners say revenue is down 35 to 65 percent compared to a year ago. One bar owner tells us looking at the last two weeks she’s down $7,000 from the same period last year.

Reader says the difference at her business is 40 percent. She says one Appleton city council member suggested the recent hot weather might be the reason business is down.
“Because I keep track of the weather for the last nine years, I can say, I’m sorry, but three years ago it was 98 degrees and muggy, and I’m doing twice in sales what I’m doing this year,” Reader responds.

Since July 1st, lunch time at Emmett’s has been slow. So slow that the owner is thinking of cutting lunch entirely. That means that the day staff wouldn’t have a job.

“I just informed my employees yesterday that they will probably be laid off in two weeks,” Reader said Thursday, “and this’ll be the first time that Emmett’s has closed for lunch in 15 years.”

The problem isn’t just lunch, it’s the fact that business is down across the board.
“My nighttime business has supported my daytime business enough for me to keep these people employed and keep my head on the pillow at night. That’s no longer the case,” Reader said.

“The people in Grand Chute and Harrison and Kimberly, they’re happier than a hog in mud because they’re getting all our customers. That affects our tax base,” Richard Thompson, who represents Appleton’s eighth district, said.

Source: wbay.com. Link

Tavern League Plans Protest Against Smoking Ban

Friday, July 29th, 2005

One month into Madison’s smoking ban, Tavern League members say their bottom line has hit rock bottom.

The general manager at the Buckeye Inn says revenues are 40 percent lower than this time last summer. She adds things could get worse this fall.

And the general manager at the “Sports Pub” says — even with volleyball games nearly every night — his revenues have dropped 35 percent. “We wrote a letter to Dave about our problems — we got back a form letter. We had a customer write a letter to Dave, he got back the same exact letter — just a different address and name. We want him to come and see the damage that’s goin’ on,” says Michael Caspersen.

Meanwhile, one Madison alder says he no longer supports the ban in its current form. “Sun Prairie, Blooming Grove, you know, Cottage Grove — right now we can rename the township of Blooming Grove and call it the township of ‘Booming Grove,’ because that’s where our customers have gone,” says 17th District Alder Santiago Rosas.

Source: nbc15.com. Link

Hennepin rethinks smoking ban

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

“I’m worried about making my house payment,” said Cheryl Irving, a bar manager at Rostamo’s, a bar in Crystal. “My personal income is down 40, 50 percent. I now have to work six shifts, where I used to work four.”

John Alexander, who owns Johnny A’s, a sports bar in Minneapolis, agreed. “I can’t pay my taxes,” said Alexander, who said he has dismissed his private security staff at the bar. “My business has gone down by 35 percent.”

“It’s a slow death,” he added.

Bill Nicklow, whose family owns five restaurants in Hennepin County, watched Tuesday’s meeting and then shook his head. “I was under the impression the world was created to support the people, and not punish them,” he said. “We’re losing our customers. We’re losing our help.”

Source: Startribune.com. Link Expired.

Got a Light?

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

In came a woman, who sat down next to him and signaled the bartender. “There were only three people there,” says Line, “and she was talking to her buddy, and I could see her out of the corner of my eye making a choking sign to her buddy and going ‘hack hack.’ “

Line ignored her, not because he doesn’t know the Heimlich — he does — but because he knew she was just making fun of his habit. “It’s gotten ridiculous,” he says. “People think you’re stupid now, like, ‘Oh, my God, you must be an idiot, you know what it does to you.’ She had to sit next to me just so she could fake choke. I hate that shit.”

This scenario replays itself every night. The actors and the setting might change, but the message is the same: Smokers are pariahs. People turn their noses up and away from them. It’s become PC to diss a smoker in public.

Ask any waiter which customers are the most laid-back, and odds are he’ll say the smokers. Go to any event and follow the laughter; it’s probably coming from the smokers out back.

Todd and Lisa Line never would’ve met if they hadn’t both been into butts. “You tend to get on the same smoking schedule as someone you think is hot,” he says, referring to when they used to work in the same building.

“I really didn’t realize at first that he was checking me out,” she says. He sneaked right up on her, and now they’ve been married for six years.

If antismokers had had their way, Todd never would’ve met the love of his life. How’s that for family values? Oh, and he’s also helping her take care of her kid. That’s right: one less single-parent family, thanks to smoking.

Frank makes up to $200 a night manning the smoking section, although that’ll all end come September, when the ban goes into effect.

Two University of North Texas economists studied the effects of the smoking ban in restaurants, and the results were released in October 2004: Dallas lost $11.8 million (or 3.6 percent) in alcoholic beverage sales in 2003 compared with 2002. You could blame it on a sliding economy, but business was booming in the smoke-friendly suburbs, where hooch sales increased from 3.2 percent (Richardson) to 7.9 percent (Plano) to 12.2 percent (Frisco). The only other city showing a loss was Irving, down 0.8 percent.

The study also claims four longtime Dallas restaurants were forced to close on account of the ban.

Source: Huston Press. Link

Restaurant, bar owners say smoking ban has hurt business

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

The study, released Tuesday, measured alcohol sales by wholesale distributors to Lexington hotels, bars and restaurants. Richard Thalheimer, who performed the study, said those sales dropped 9.8 percent to 13.3 percent since the ban took effect in April 2004.

Source: WKYT.com. Link Expired

2004-05: School year in review

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

A university fixture for more than a decade, Calamity Cafe, closed its doors, much to the dismay of its loyal following. The restaurant cited the smoking ban as hurting business and a reason to close.

Source: Marshall Parthenon. Link

Restaurants say smoking ban is costing them money

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

In one week, the alcohol sales at Katz has dropped 20 percent, and their overall sales 13%. At P.O.E.T.S., the owner says they’re down from 20 percent to 33 percent on any given day and at the Q Pub, where they stopped selling food to allow their customers to smoke, sales are down 36 percent.

Kessler and the other owners are asking for a Federal injunction to stop the ban, fearing the losses will continue as they have in other smoke-free cities according to at least some recent studies.

“They show that Dallas lost 11.8 million the first year that it was in effect in Dallas,” said attorney James Skrobarcek.

Source: kirstv.com. Link

Max’s Diner restaurants, started in 1990s, close

Thursday, March 10th, 2005

Two Reynolds Road diners opened by well-known chef Maximilian Korl in the late 1990s closed last week after the latest owners were unable to meet payroll for 50 employees Saturday, one of the owners said.

Business at the Max’s Diner restaurants dropped 20 to 25 percent after Toledo’s smoking ban went into effect, eating away profits, said Jeff Kaminsky, who has owned the restaurants with his wife, Kathy, for five years.

Source: Toledo Blade. Link

Story behind Jimmy Mac’s not a simple one

Friday, December 31st, 2004

Naylon won at the trial-court level and won again at the Appellate Division. It was a David and Goliath battle, and David won. Unfortunately, “David” was so financially devastated by the battle that he had to discontinue the fight.

“David” beat back the onerous policy of the county commissioner only to ultimately give up in frustration. Now, he and 25 other people are out of work.


A Bar in Liverpool that banned smoking has described the experience as “commercial suicide”

Monday, December 13th, 2004

{If banning smoking was good for business, which the nicotine nannies claim, free market forces would result in lots of smoke free bars. But when bar owners try to go smoke free on their own it usually kills their business, proving the nannies contention is a lie.}

Owner Pat Carragher, from the Lobby Bar in Victoria Street, originally made the move to ban cigarettes in September in support of the city’s campaign to become smoke free.

But since the venue opened on the former site of the Expresso Exchange, Mr. Carragher, uncle to Liverpool FC centre-half Jamie, has done a complete U-turn on his policy.

Mr Carragher said: “It’s felt like I’ve been committing commercial suicide.”

He added: “One particular problem is that, if a group of six people come in and one person in the party smokes, the whole group want to leave because that one person is prohibited from lighting up.”

He has finally decided that enough was enough after frequent occurrences of groups leaving when a small number wanted to smoke, and he has now decided to open the bar without restrictions. Mr Carragher added: “Until the council’s measure is in force as a widespread policy, I cannot champion this very worthy cause alone. It’s just not financially viable.”

Source: liverpool.co.uk Link

Madison offers some advice on smoking ban

Sunday, December 5th, 2004

Two dozen tables sit unused in a darkened dining room of Pedro’s Mexican Restaurant on Madison’s north side.

Pedro’s owner, Jim Martine, a Neenah native who learned the restaurant trade from his parents when they owned Martine’s restaurant in Appleton, recalls weekends when 200 customers from nearby shopping centers would crowd the dining room, reserved for smokers.

However, he said since Madison passed an ordinance banning smoking in restaurant dining rooms in 2002, those customers have gone elsewhere, along with the jobs needed to serve those customers.

Source: WISinfo.com. Link Expired

New York City’s Smoking Ban Goes Up In Smoke In Astoria

Friday, November 5th, 2004

Many cafe owners and managers said they enforced the ban initially. But that lasted just a few months, as customers got upset or didn’t come at all, reducing between 20 and 35 percent of total revenue, they said.

Source: Zwire. 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

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

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

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

Winnipeg – “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.

Restaurant blames diminishing clientele, closure on smoking ban

Friday, September 17th, 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: The Record Journal Link Expired.

“We are starving.” O’Keeffe On The NYC Smoking Ban

Friday, July 9th, 2004

To illustrate his feeling that the government has overstepped its bounds and decimated New York nightlife, he recounted a conversation he had had with a woman who supports the ban gleefully, who quipped obliviously that “my hair doesn’t stink, my clothes don’t stink, and there’s so much room at the bar.

Despite what naobobs like Dr. Gemson and Assemblywoman Glick seem to think, the smoking ban has done far more to harm small business than it has to prevent smoking. An entire underground economy has sprung up around the ban to provide places for smokers. Knights of Columbus halls and private smoking dens are common, and bars spill crowds of smokers into the streets. Since the ban has been enacted noise complaints have skyrocketed, providing headaches to precinct captains citywide and proving a serious detriment to residents’ quality of life. Rarely noticed, bar owners in lower Manhattan still suffering from 9-11’s aftershocks are now victimized by thoughtless laws.

I spoke to Sandee Wright, owner of Whiskey Ward on Essex Street and a fierce opponent of the ban, put in place, ostensibly, to protect employees from the dangers of second hand smoke. Standing 5’3” with pink highlighted hair and a black skull and bones tank top, Sandee hardly fits the role of Dickensian wage master. When asked about the issue of employees’ health she retorted that “it’s not all that healthy when bartenders can’t afford their rent.” So far falling profits have led her to let go of two employees and cut back shifts. Often times her husband Max works the door to eliminate costs. When unemployment hits “health insurance is the first thing to go,” she said.

Whiskey Ward has seen profits drop by at least 20% since the ban hit. Manhattan Beer Distributors concurs. Stagnant sales have led to a 7% drop in beer demand citywide, and a 19% drop citywide to clubs.

Source: New Partisan. Link

Restaurants file to halt, repeal smoking ban

Thursday, June 10th, 2004
Ratchman said business is up at Ratch and Deb’s. But he said his business’s gain is another’s loss. He said customers fleeing smoke-free establishments have flocked to his restaurant since the ban went into effect on April 19.

“I like to be busy, but I don’t like to take stuff from other people,” Ratchman said.

(This is a typical, but seldom reported, effect of bans. When bans are implemented near locations where freedom is not yet outlawed, smokers flock to venues where they can smoke. This can result in a phenomenal increase business for border venues, at least until their freedom is snuffed out too.)

Source: The Northwestern.com. Link expired.

Fayetteville Restaurant Owners Criticize Smoking Ban

Wednesday, June 9th, 2004

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Fayetteville’s smoking ban has been in place for several months, and some restaurant owners said Tuesday that they are shutting down because of it.

Casa Taco is one restaurant that recently closed its doors. The owner told 40/29’s Melissa Kelly that the smoking ban snuffed out his sales.

“Sales dropped off dramatically,” said Alex Hunt. “We lost our late-night business … a lot of people come in after the bars close.”

Along with Hunt, the owners of the Ozark Brewing Co. and Café Santa Fe said the smoking ban was a factor in their decisions to close.

On Dickson Street, some restaurant owners say their late-night business is down by as much as 25 percent.

Source: 4029tv.com.  Link

Smoking ban, 1 year later

Sunday, May 23rd, 2004

“It has almost put me out of business. We are down about 45 percent for each month,” Zook said. “Our food sales were 48 percent of our business. Now they are down to 10 percent. A lot of people who had drinks with lunch or dinner are not coming in now.

Source: Palm Beach Post. Link Expired

Owners of Anchor Inn say county smoking ban sunk business

Tuesday, May 4th, 2004

Maryland – Since the ban was implemented October 2003 by the Montgomery County Council, Scaggs said Anchor Inn suffered a 40 percent loss in Keno, beer, wine, liquor and food sales.

Prior to the ban, Scaggs had installed a $350,000 ventilation system in the restaurant with air exchangers that took in smoke and replaced it with fresh air.

Source Gazette.net. Link Expired.

Bar smoking ban: Air cleaner, business down

Thursday, April 22nd, 2004
They say customers disappeared when the law went into effect in January. The president of the Maine Restaurant Association says business is down by 30 percent at some establishments, especially those near New Hampshire, where tavern air retains its smoky haze.

“Business is off big-time,” Dick Grotton said. “The law continues to be a source of extreme irritation.”

Source: Maine Today. Link Expired

Restaurants Blame Smoking Ban For Closings

Monday, March 1st, 2004

Monday will mark the first anniversary of Dallas’ smoking ban and across the city some restaurant managers have said they have lost business while some even blame the ban for their closing.

Members of the restaurant association said their alcohol sales have dropped since the ban by 20 Percent to 25 percent.Link


Restaurants Blame Smoking Ban For Closings

Sunday, February 29th, 2004

DALLAS — Monday will mark the first anniversary of Dallas’ smoking ban and across the city some restaurant managers have said they have lost business while some even blame the ban for their closing.

Members of the restaurant association said their alcohol sales have dropped since the ban by 20 percent to 25 percent.



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