In what I hope is the first wave in a trend that continues, a handful of Vienna’s restaurants are following the law and creating designated non-smoking sections.
I was thinking about it the other day, and smoking in restaurants is bad for Vienna’s economy. Due to finally being annoyed enough with so many meals being ruined by smoking in the room, my family has almost entirely ceased going out.
We were spending somewhere between 20-50 EUR per visit (plus we tip better than most — although we’re stupid because it certainly never helped the service). I figure we went out 5-6 times per week. So Vienna’s (especially Neubau’s) restaurants are now missing out on somewhere between 100-300 EUR in sales.
Here’s the flip side: if smoking is diminished or even outright banned in restaurants, all economic data from cities that have done so indicates that businesses suffer no negative effect. In short, smokers will still go out to eat, and just save their cigarettes for outside or in designated smoking areas. So really, the hospitality industry lobby against smoking bans is really not economic in its basis, but rather a complete unwillingness to “see past one’s own plate” as the expression goes.
Anyway, places like Jalisco in 1040, my hat is off to you. You will get my business going forward.
As for laggard places, you’ll continue to miss my Euros.
This makes me wonder if I should start a series on all my personal restaurant boycotts. While I don’t know if it would be in the interest of Metro Blogging, it would certainly be interesting to me. Some of the stories I can tell…