> By the way, the folks I know going to Molly Quinn's when the ambience changed > from an an old pub with outdoor beer garden to a poorly-disguised Embers > surrounded by surface parking. > > Not that it wasn't worth ever going to in its latest incarnation, but I think > there's some pretty good reasons beyond smoking why they went under.
Nonsense. I know Matthew Lamphear, the *former* co-owner of Molly Quinn's. Business was good, and on the rise before the ban. The new location was taking off. Then the ban hit, and sales plummeted. Instantly. Matthew believed all the crap about how the non-smokers would start coming out to make up the loss, so he tried to hold on, and keep his people employed, by financing payroll on credit cards. He held a fund-raiser to build a nice outdoor patio to try to gain back some lost business. Ultimately, the non-smokers didn't make up the loss, and Matthew is likely going to lose his house as well as his business. Thanks, do-gooders. You screwed over a really nice guy with a heart of gold who was trying to do good for the neighborhood. I really liked that place. The only Irish pub in the neighborhood... And over half of it was non-smoking seating. Dan McGrath Longfellow http://www.smokeoutgary.org http://www.subversivepictures.com REMINDERS: 1. Be civil! Please read the NEW RULES at http://www.e-democracy.org/rules. If you think a member is in violation, contact the list manager at [EMAIL PROTECTED] before continuing it on the list. 2. Don't feed the troll! Ignore obvious flame-bait. For state and national discussions see: http://e-democracy.org/discuss.html For external forums, see: http://e-democracy.org/mninteract ________________________________ Minneapolis Issues Forum - A Civil City-focused Civic Discussion - Mn E-Democracy Post messages to: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Subscribe, Un-subscribe, etc. at: http://e-democracy.org/mpls