The owner of Manuel's Tavern in
Virginia-Highland fought hard in 2005 when state officials were considering a
ban on indoor smoking at restaurants.
Anchorman 2 takes over iconic Manuel's Tavern
Now, the watering hole established in 1956 is opting to go
Manuel's owner Brian Maloof and other business owners initially
feared business would suffer if smoking was banned.
"We opposed it," Maloof told WABE in April 2013. "I
was down there myself speaking out against it -- an individual business rights
to make a decision on their own. And the legislature came to that
But there has been a shift in public opinion, Maloof said.
Business is suffering because of Manuel's smoking policy, he added.
"I know definitely in January of 2014, we'll be 100 percent
smoke-free," he said.
Monday, on the Manuel's Tavern
Facebook page, Maloof posted, "I was asked this morning if the New Years day
end of smoking at Manuel's was real. The answer is yes. Manuel's will be smoke
free starting 2014." Most comments approved of the decision. Do you?