Stockman’s Bar and Grill instituted a smoke-free policy in its bar area starting on Feb. 1.
“It was time to create a healthier environment for our customers, both current and in the future,” Stockman’s representative Barbara Walker said.
Walker also said there is a niche market in Pinedale for a smoke-free environment.
A couple customers have expressed dissatisfaction with the policy change, and Walker says Stockman’s hopes to “earn their business back.” She feels the overall reaction will be positive once the bar has time to advertise the change.
“I think, once the word is out, it will actually have a very positive turn on business,” she said.
The smoking ban is part of a few different changes at Stockman’s. A new bar menu was instituted last week. This menu is separate from the restaurant menu and will include a happy hour menu on weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m. with “unbeatable” drink specials and half-priced appetizers, according to Walker.
The hope is customers want to enjoy these new features smoke-free. Pool players are another group who Stockman’s would like to attract, as many of the bars that offer pool are currently smoking areas.
“Not just late-night pool players, but anytime pool players who don’t want a smoky environment,” Walker said, adding the bar wants to attract customers to the healthy environment “from lunch on.”
The establishment banned smoking in the restaurant area a few months ago, but had kept the bar as a smoking area at that time. For the complete article see the 02-10-2012 issue.
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