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Michigan is a big draw for Ohio smokers

Many restaurants and bars along Michigan’s border with the Buckeye State benefited after Ohio banned indoor smoking in 2006. smoking in barSmokers slipped across the state line to drag on their favorite cigarettes with their beer or bucket of wings.

But on May 1, Michigan eateries and other work sites must be smoke-free or face fines under the state’s smoking ban. The bonanza for border bars and restaurants that relied on smokers — especially those from Ohio — may be extinguished.

Corey Beljhelm, 27, of Toledo, who comes to M.T. Loonies in Temperance about once a week, said he’ll stay in Ohio and “just stand outside and smoke.”

Scott Rogowski, general manager of Sidelines in Lambertville, said he hopes to see more patrons. He has seen new faces since the restaurant’s upper level went smoke-free Jan. 1. Though smokers grumbled, like they did in Ohio, he assumes they’ll adapt.

Indiana, which has discussed — but not approved — a statewide smoking ban, is “a little far to drive,” he said.

Smoke-free sections

Smoker Andy Gomulinski was surprised recently when he didn’t see an ashtray at the upper-level bar at Sidelines in Lambertville.

That section of the restaurant went smoke-free Jan. 1 — four months before Michigan’s statewide smoking ban is to take effect.

“I don’t like it,” the 35-year-old Petersburg man said. “I guess I don’t have a choice.”

Gomulinski said he will continue to frequent the popular spot even after the lower level goes smoke-free when the statewide ban starts May 1. He just won’t stay as long.

Restaurants and bars in Michigan near the Ohio border hope smoking patrons like Gomulinski and those from Ohio — who scoot across the state line because they can smoke in such establishments — will continue to spend their money after Michigan’s smoking ban kicks in.

Some places in Michigan could have had a reprieve from the ban when Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said Thursday that he was going to file a lawsuit to block it because the county didn’t have enough money or people to enforce it. Hours later, he did an about-face after he was flooded with phone calls and e-mails criticizing the idea.

‘We’ll be able to get through’

Jessie Moyer, 40, of Temperance and her husband, Harry Moyer, 54, both smokers, will continue to go to their favorite eateries after the ban starts, they’ll just smoke less.

“They’re sort of doing us a favor, but they’re screwing more people,” she said while puffing on a cigarette in Sidelines’ lower level.

But some employees, such as Jessica Stafford, a bartender at M.T. Loonies in Temperance, said she’s “kinda nervous.” Stafford, 23, of Toledo worked at a Toledo bar when Ohio’s smoking ban was approved in 2006. She stuck it out for a while, but left to go to M.T. Loonies “after a couple Friday nights of not making that great of money.”

Stafford is more confident M.T. Loonies will do well: There’s talk of an outdoor patio and the bar is a popular spot for Keno and offers weekend entertainment with no cover.

“I think we’ll be able to get through,” she said. “Our customers are great. We have a lot of regulars.”

Bernie Rachuba, a bartender at the Michigan Tavern, said the Temperance watering hole saw more Ohioans after the ban in that state and said, “people are very happy when they come here and they can smoke.” Rachuba, 44, of Toledo said he doesn’t think the bar will lose patrons when the Michigan ban starts and also said there is talk about an outdoor patio.

Scott Rogowski, general manager of Sidelines, hopes for more customers, based on the new faces and families he has seen since the upper level went smoke-free. He worked at a Toledo restaurant when Ohio’s smoking ban passed. Smokers initially were upset, he said, “but people got used to it.”

Arnie Jennings, owner of ajs Doolittles in Lambertville, doesn’t expect a drastic change when the Michigan ban starts, unlike when the Ohio one began and smokers crossed the border. He said “most of our customers who smoke have accepted the fact they’ll have to go outside to smoke.”

To some, ban is a ‘travesty’

Jennings said that his restaurant/ sports bar/ cocktail lounge picked up some Ohio smokers when the ban started there, but it lost just as many patrons to Ohio who wanted to eat and drink in a smoke-free spot. He said he doesn’t expect to lose too many customers and hopes for new patrons who didn’t frequent establishments that allowed smoking.

He said the ban will be healthier for his 25 or so employees, most of whom are nonsmokers.

“I think the hidden thing with the smokers, what I’m hearing from them — it isn’t necessarily the fact they have to go outside to smoke. They feel that big government is telling them more and more what they can and can’t do,” he said.

Kenneth Dean, 46, of Toledo, who was smoking at the Michigan Tavern, said the state ban is a “travesty against the Constitution.”

“I know it’s negative. I know it’s nasty. Are they my mom? No. Are they my dad? No,” he said.

Some nonsmokers agreed, saying it should be a business owner’s decision if smoking is allowed. Beth Richardville, 39, of Temperance, a nonsmoker sitting with smoking friends at M.T. Loonies, said she thinks Michigan’s ban is illegal.

“Cigarettes are not illegal. We are in a public establishment,” she said.

What some smokers plan to do

Border businesses are hoping smokers will continue to return despite the ban.

Josh Ciha, 24, of Toledo, who was drinking, smoking and shooting pool at M.T. Loonies, said he will “play it by ear,” possibly staying in or smoking at friends’ homes. Ryan Snyder, 22, of Toledo said he’ll keep coming to the bar. He’ll just go outside to take a drag.

Corey Beljhelm, 27, of Toledo, who comes to the bar about once a week, also will stand outside to smoke — in Ohio.

“I can’t smoke and the beers are cheaper (in Ohio),” he said. “I pass at least six bars (in Ohio) on the way, one just as nice.”

Rick Stubblefield, 58, of Temperance works in Toledo and drank at his union hall and bars until the smoking ban started there, forcing him to return to Michigan to enjoy a beer and Marlboros with friends.

When Michigan’s ban hits, he said, he’ll “find all the illegal bars to let me smoke. There will always be places.”

April 21, 2010

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2 comments to Michigan is a big draw for Ohio smokers

  • Fred

    There will always be bars in which to smoke. If the law weren’t so totalitarian, and allow for smoking outside while having a beer, the number of bars which skirt the law would be fewer. Patrons at the bar I go to are already donating funds for any possible fines. And the American Legion where I belong, a private club, is passing around petitions. So there is hope for us smokers who are the victims of bullying from the non-smoking people.

  • kelly

    I think most of the border restaurants and bars were in existence before the Ohio smoking ban, so hopefully they will survive after our ban goes into effect. I know I’m looking forward to it, and there are local places my husband and I really like and are already planning to go to more often because they’ll be so much nicer to hang out at-the Speed Boat downriver and Howell’s Bar in Dearborn are two examples. Good food, fun atmosphere, and really really smokey. Can’t wait.

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