How New Orleans' Smoking Ban Is Impacting Restaurants

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New Orleans’ smoking ban has only been in effect since April, but its impact is already being felt by area restaurant owners. The ban prohibits diners from smoking inside of a restaurant but does not cover outside dining areas. As a result, restaurants with outdoor patios and designated outdoor spaces are busier than restaurants without them and to some bartenders’ dismay, more customers are hanging out outside than at barstools.

New Orleans restaurant owners are now trying to figure out how to adjust to this new ban while still holding on to the distinct bar culture of Crescent City. Guests are also trying to adjust to sharing outside space to smoke. How will this impact the restaurant scene of New Orleans? Read more.