Sunday, April 20, 2008

What's up with RBar?

In a letter to the Post-Dispatch today, Leigh-Anne Riebold, owner of RBar, expressed disappointment that all St. Louis bars will not be required to ban smoking. What's up with that? She polled her customers and saw that a ban would work for her business. So far the RBar ban has worked she says. Fine. But you can't extrapolate from the success of the RBar ban to argue that other St. Louis bars have nothing to fear from a smoking ban. We know from what has happened in Columbia, Ballwin and Illinois that some bars and restaurants will get hammered by a smoking ban.