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Shame on Sammy (Sammy T’s)

Well here’s a contradiction to my last post (New, not just newly discovered). Sammy T’s of Fredericksburg is now non smoking. They once showed promise as an independent forward thinking restaurant. They have two completely separate dinning sections so creating a smoking section was easy for them.  All I can imagine is that the idea of free choice was just too much for their non smoking customers to tolerate.

Bottom line, Sammy T’s no longer wants your  business.  (having a great lunch at Hard Times).

Comrades, enjoy still another choice free restaurant.

I’ll get them off the POI as soon as I can, Meanwhile my apologies to anyone misdirected to this place.

New, not just newly discovered.

I just wanted to say something about this because I think it is important. As you know we are continually adding restaurants to our list. The one thing you may not be aware of is that not all of these are simply restaurants that have been smoking and we are just now finding them. Many of them are restaurants that have only recently become smoking restaurants. Believe me friends, this is a good sign. They did not just jump right on board; instead they waited to see what impact going non smoking would have on their business.

They waited for free market forces to show that offering a smoking option would have a positive impact on the health of their business. This is good for two reasons, first it means that we can expect this trend to continue for some time and that the overall numbers will increase. Also it proves you can have an impact.

Keep up the good work. Use the list (smoking restaurants) as much as you can. Pass the word on to friends and family. If you know of anything not on the list that should be, please let me know about it.

For inspiration, here’s a reprint of an email from one of our most regular contributors.

Moe– Heard that Kelly’s Tavern near Hilltop in Virginia Beach had converted an area for smoking… went in this afternoon while on a trip back from the grocery store and lo! and behold! they had converted their entire bar and gaming area plus a number of adjacent booths and tables to a smoker-friendly area (about 60% of the restaurant).
What makes this especially significant is that they operate about a dozen locations in Hampton Roads.  I talked to the manager-on-duty and she informed me that they are reviewing all of the other sites for similar re-modeling although she feels a few won’t be able to meet the state criteria.  The Hilltop location, while not their oldest, is their flagshp operation and also their corporate HQ.
Kelly’s has been the consistent winner for years of the “Best at the Beach” award given by the Virginian-Pilot for best hamburger.  They offer a full-service menu and could be considered a destination for dining out by many.
Parenthetically, while the smoking area was jam-packed, there wasn’t a soul in the non-smoking area….
Their information for The List:
 
Kelly’s Tavern
1936 Laskin Road #201
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
(757) 491-8737
Hours: 11AM-2AM Sun-Sat

Enzo’s Italian Chop House – Goochland

When I wrote about Skilligalee back in February, I began by saying “…don’t get me wrong I love grills and sports bars and we’re grateful for all that allow smokers. We do seem to be lacking in other types of restaurants. Smokers, like anyone else avail themselves to a full spectrum of dining options. Unfortunately restaurants like Skilligalee are far to rare. That is to say, ones that are forward thinking enough to realize that. In other words, it is not necessary to have pool tables, big screen TV’s or video games in order to offer smoking.”

Well now I must say Kudo’s Enzo’s.  The service is friendly and prompt and the food is just great. But I also love the atmosphere. They even have table height tables for those of us that actually eat. I can tell that Enzo’s will quickly become one of my favorites. For those that have just become to accustom to being put out on the patio, well they got that too and it’s huge and it’s covered.

Thank’s Enzo for a great lunch, see you again soon.