Joe’s Inn again. A follow up. April, 7th

There seems to be some skepticism of my assertion that Joe’s new smoking policy will have a detrimental impact on their business. These impressions were based on my visit of March 28th. I have been told that Mondays are always slow. Also, it was the first day of the new smoking policy, that given a few days, they (the smokers) will return. So it’s only fair that I consider the possibility that I had indeed jumped to a conclusion.

Needless to say another visit was in order to insure that what I had witnessed wasn’t simply an anomaly. So here we are again, this time a Thursday (April 7th) 12:20pm – 1:20pm. As you can see from the photo below, things are at least as dismal as they were on the Monday visit.   I do regret that I don’t have a pre March 28th photo to show. If you’re a Joe’s customer then you know how packed the place always was at lunch time. If you weren’t, then you have to take my word for it.

 

 

 So where does this leave us. One very good restaurant operated by very good people that had made one very bad choice. They believed that they could rebuff their loyal customers without consequence. I have been one of those customers for years now, and even though I quit smoking last December, I still use the smoking side. Honestly, I really can’t tell much deference in air quality since the new policy has been in effect. I wonder which of the nearby smoking restaurants are picking up Joe’s refugee customers. That could make for an interesting next post.  Here are some of the possibilities; Aladdin, BANDITOS BURRITO LOUNGE, Mulligan’s Sports Grille, Penny Lane Pub and The Republic to name a few.

 I am very proud of these customers for standing up for themselves. I understand that in some parts of the state they are more like sheep. Incidentally, even though I quit smoking, I still support these smokers by avoiding nonsmoking restaurants as much as possible. The free market has been handicapped, not killed by the smoking ban. What you, the customer does still makes a difference. Keep up the good work.

Mi Hacienda Mexican Restaurant

When was the last time you tried Mi Hacienda Mexican Restaurant. It had been years (about 22 that is) for me. Well it’s been my loss, this place is still great. The bar area could use a remodel, but they do allow smoking and dining in there. The rest of the restaurant is white tablecloth.

 The food is quite good and the staff always makes you feel welcomed.  Here is a really great feature. You can treat yourself without busting the bank. They even have a $3.99 lunch special twice a week.

 Don’t wait 22 years, try Mi Hacienda soon.

8250 Midlothian Tpke
Richmond, VA 23235                        Phone:(804) 560-6994

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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.

Skilligalee Restaurant – Henrico

Before I talk about the Skilligalee, I’d like to take a moment to talk about the elephant on the list. Now 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. It’s is very exciting when we see variety emerging on the list. In other words, it is not necessary to have pool tables, big screen TV’s or video games in order to offer smoking.

Skilligalee is known as a fairly upscale sea food restaurant. My experience there recently confirms that hands down.  Great atmosphere and wonderful food. I’m a little embarrassed to say that I was unfamiliar with Massachusetts’ oysters. Thankfully, Skilligalee corrected that gap in my education. They are unbelievably sweet with a mild unique flavor. You don’t however get the same taste that you’re used to when you smoke a cigarette after eating them. I also had the seafood crepe and it was out of this world.

Finally, a fine dining experience that won’t have you running outside for a cigarette.

Thank You Skilligalee

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Sandbar & Grill – Newport News

Another winner.  I don’t know about the sand but the bar is nice. As far as the food goes all I’ve tried is the burger. But wow, what a burger. Nothing fancy, just flat out good flavor.

The bar ‘s got some pretty good size and has pool, darts, video games and TVs as well as wifi.

Works for  me perfectly for lunch.  So if you must run into a sandbar, I’d go with this one. Less painful and fairly tasty.

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The Playing Field – Richmond

Friendly service, lots of pool tables and more. I had the Turkey Ruben. It was really good. I hear the potato salad is wonderful. Imported and domestic beers and a well stocked bar. It’s the pool hall that easily doubles as a sports bar with several TV to keep track of your favorite teams. The non smoking section is quite large. The non smoking area is much smaller and consist of 8 pool tables.

If your in the neighborhood and looking for a good lunch or game of pool, this place fits the bill.

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