Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Smoked Out

For a free market economy, the District of Columbia is not seeming too laissez faire. With the new smoking ban going to Congress, businesses in DC are not able to decide for themselves how to conduct their own affairs. I know, I know, it's for the well being of the workforce and all. By the way, find me a bar and grill that has a wait staff/bartending staff where half of the workforce doesn't smoke already. And all that second hand smoke (first rate killer, with at least 1.7 deaths nationwide per forever directly attributed to it) is getting in the way of the DC gliterrati's inebriation by way of alcohol, AKA Liver Elixir (TM). I just can't figure out why some bars don't declare themselves as smoke-free and others make themselves smoke friendly; let us decide what atmosphere we want when we go out that night. Sometimes I just wish DC could be SMART, maybe look at other cities and learn. Go to Charlottesville sometime. Sure they have a lot of smoky, J. Crew overrun, frat tucking, collar popping bars with awful jam band music, but take a look at Zocalo. Zocalo is packed every night, despite the fact that it is smoke free. Tons of people flock there BECAUSE it is smoke-free. If I were a businessman (i.e. if I had enough money to start a hot, trendy new bar), I'd probably try this business plan out for size. If the majority of people really do hate being in a bar with smoke, then the demand should be there for such a smoke free bar. Someone find me an angel investor...

4 Comments:

At 9:19 AM, Blogger A Unique Alias said...

http://www.halodc.com/

 
At 6:05 PM, Blogger RoarSavage said...

The ban doesn't go into effect til '07, right?

 
At 6:15 PM, Blogger The Virginian said...

At bars, not until jan. 07. But I think restaurants go into effect sooner.

 
At 11:34 AM, Blogger RoarSavage said...

I gotta say, I was kinda glad that the ban passed. It happened when my facialist said: "Do you smoke? Getting zits in ____ part of your face (where I had them) means there's a problem with your lungs." Great. Just great. I need my night job...

 

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