This is definitely a question geared more towards the TN local crowd, if indeed we have one, but has anyone noticed a marked decline in business to restaurants since the smoking ban went into effect on October 1? I ask as Mark from This Is Smyrna brought something to my attention that I find hard to believe:
I have just found out that Toot’s has closed it’s Cookeville Tn location because they have lost 20% of business due to the smokers not able to smoke in their restaurant. Now my question is this? Will they be closing other locations as well. Go and read more Toot’s closing it’s doors in Cookeville, Tn.
As an MTSU alum, Toot’s and Demos’ were as second nature as Beat The Clock at The ‘Boro and Fleming & John at 527 Main Street. The Demos’ Nashville location was even the opener for Prickfest, so the thought of those guys being financially inept or inexperienced is a little hard to believe.
Personally, I’m seeing businesses that would ordinarily be lined out the door closing up shop by 9pm on weeknights. Is it just me or are the Nanny Staters driving small business owners to bankruptcy court on a toll road paved with authoritarian intentions?