Mark's simple post on the Pub and some upcoming improvements turned into a referendum on smoking. Who knew that the comments section of his post from yesterday would be lit up with those interested in going non-smoking at Fort Thomas dining establishments.
It is no secret that most in Fort Thomas would love to be able to eat a good burger at the 915 without smelling like a chimney or enjoying Danny Krebs fare without losing a lung to second-hand smoke. Fort Thomas is a healthy community with a very active citizenry who loves to walk, run, bike, and generally have a good time outdoors. So why is it that you can only enjoy a cheap fast dinner in Fort Thomas at Subway without inheriting a smoking habit. Granted you can enjoy a dinner at Vito's in clean air but that is an experience and not something you can take the kids to on a regular basis.
It is good to see the Arnzens realizing a good business opportunity when they see an under served market. It is not secret that part of the success of sidewalk dining has been the ability to eat in a smoke free environment. The Pub's plans to designate a smoke free area is the hope of keeping those outdoor dining customers through the winter when the weather doesn't accommodate those diners.
With the smoking issue as a backdrop there was a show tonight on KET entitled "Kentucky Tonight" that was an open forum on the possible smoking ban in Northern Kentucky. The show included some decision makers in Northern Kentucky that included Kenton County Commissioner Kris Knochelmann, Boone County Commissioner Cathy Flaig, and Betsy Berns Janes, advocacy director for the American Lung Association of Kentucky.
During the airing of the show Knochelman made comments that indicated that a vote on the smoking ban would occur within 60 to 90 days. That combined with widely reported news that enough votes are secured in both Kenton and Campbell County make me think that a non-smoking area in the Pub could be a moot point within a matter of weeks. While I may have been spared lung issues I am now afraid that my waistline will be expanding with nothing standing between me and my Memphis Burger from the 915.