Austin Barbecue Establishments Facing New Restrictions

In Austin, local barbecue establishments may face new restrictions that will force them to cut down on their smoke.  Residents living nearby these barbecue restaurants have filed a number of complaints with the city, stating they are being smoked out of their own homes and city officials are beginning to crack down, with Austin District 3 Council Member Sabino Renteria  drafting a resolution that would seek to address the growing smoke concerns.

The resolution, if passed, would require restaurants to install smoke scrubbers which would cut down on their smoke emissions.  The smoke scrubbers would cost restaurant owners in the thousands, which has many operators facing possible closure should the bill pass. 

Will the anti-smoke bill come to pass?  What effect do you think this resolution will have on Austin barbecue?  Read More