DC has granted its first exemption to the smoking ban:
The D.C. government has granted its first exemption to the smoking ban for a bar in Cleveland Park. Owners of the cigar bar Aroma say they had a 20 percent drop in business within six months after the city passed a smoking ban for all bars and restaurants last January. That makes the bar eligible to apply for an exemption.
Curt Large, of the bar’s parent company Bedrock Management, says Aroma had to go through a rigorous process. Owners had to submit sales and tax records and prove the fall in revenues wasn’t caused by a sudden increase in prices or fewer operating hours.
Nice to see the government only forced Aroma to endure six months of depressed sales before deciding that, hey, maybe a cigar bar should be allowed to let its patrons smoke.
In another news, I need to check out Aroma post haste!