Restaurant, bar owners in Kenton Co. have mixed reaction to smok/northern hea

I&39;m a non-smoker, but I just can&39;t ask customers to not smoke, Blaschke said. We have to do business or we&39;ll be out.

It hasn&39;t been good because we&39;ve turned away people who bring kids, said Blaschke. Especially earlier in the day, but the law is the law.

It&39;s just so nice to come out and not have to go home and have my clothes dry-cleaned, said Lona Moore. So yeah. I love it.

Many patrons in Chez Nora seemed to agree with the law. Many, but not all. Lona Moore and her husband Don have been eating at Chez Nora for more than a decade.

In the last two weeks, Blaschke said his business has dropped 40-percent. He said the weather may play a part, but he said it has been difficult to spread the message of his establishment&39;s exemption to the smoking ban, and he can&39;t believe he has to turn away paying customers under the age of 18. That provision is a requirement of the Kenton County smoking ordinance for those applying for an exemption. Owners of exempt restaurants and private clubs must have a separate smoking section with its own air-handling system and its own entrance.

A spokesperson for the Northern Kentucky Health Department reports the agency has received 15 complaints. Most of the complaints have beenfrom patrons who havecalled the department&39;shotline and posted comments on their website.

The results have been as I thought they would be, said Jim Gilliece, Proprietor of Chez Nora. It&39;s been an improvement for many aspects of our business, in particularRestaurant, bar owners in Kenton Co. have mixed reaction to smok/northern hea, our jazz club on the third floor. Many people wanted to come more often, but couldn&39;t or didn&39;t, because it was too smoky. We have seen a little bit of a drop off at the bar, the main bar here.

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Customers at Chez Nora must leave their cigarettes at the door. Restaurant owners did not apply for an exemption.

Even in responding to some of the complaints that we&39;ve had when we&39;ve gone out and found violations, there&39;s been a handful of those that have been really easy to fix, said Dr. Lynne Sadler, director of the Northern Kentucky Health Department. We&39;ve given folks the toolkit. They&39;ve posted the signs. removed the ashtrays, and they&39;ve fixed the problem right while we were there.

Restaurant, bar owners in Kenton Co. have mixed reaction to smok/northern hea,COVINGTN, KY (FOX19) – It&39;s been nearly two weeks since the smoking ban in Kenton County took effect, but the complaints are already rolling in.

No violations have been issued, yet. The county is still in the initial two-week transition phase. However, that number could remain low because dozens of drinking establishments and private clubs have been given exemptions. Seventy businesses have applied for exemptions in the last two weeks. Sixty-two have been approved. Six applications are still pending.

I think that establishments have a right to, no, actually a service, to provide smokers an environment to eat and smoke, said Don Moore. Non-smokers don&39;t have to go there.

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The second offense will cost violators $100 dollars. Third and subsequent offenses within a year will be $250.

Some restaurant and bar owners in Covington said the exemptions are both helping and hurting their businesses.

Blaschke said several other restaurant owners in Covington are hoping business will pick up this summer, but he&39;s not optimistic. He believes more people are just staying home.

On Wednesday night, three brothers re-discovered their old watering hole: Cosmos in Covington. The restaurant applied for and received an exemption to the new county-wide smoking ban.

Across the street, the signs are slightly different.

Cosmos owner Gerald Blaschke is thankful for customers like Lillard.

Blaschke said smokers make up 90-percent northern healthof his business.

I would not go to a place that wouldn&39;t allow me to smoke, said smoker David Lillard. Some people don&39;t enjoy smoking, and I understand that, but to say that the majority of people just can&39;t do it? You have to go somewhere else? I don&39;t agree with that.

The Northern Kentucky Health Department will investigate all complaints. A warning will be issued for a first offense, but after that, violators will have to pay a fine.

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