February 20, 2007
Onion Creek goes smokefree

Marty Hajovsky brings me some good news about my neighborhood pub.

Following its inception in the fall of 2002, Onion Creek Coffee House has been an innovator, being the first establishment of its type in the area, and also being witness to the dramatic changes taking place within the Heights area. Onion Creek has filled the role of Neighborhood Bar - providing a comfortable, affable atmosphere for Heights residents - and subsequently became a city-wide destination for all Houstonians...a friendly place to have dinner, a welcome venue for after-work meetings, an intimate place for a date or just a good place to try a new beer or sip a cup of coffee. On Thursday, February 15th, Onion Creek will remain ahead of the curve by no longer allowing smoking indoors. We are one of the first establishments in the city to adopt the recently approved smoking ban prior to its actual date of enforcement in September of this year, and we look forward to providing a clean, smoke-free environment for our patrons and employees. Onion Creek values our customers who smoke, and will still allow smoking on its spacious patio. We see this as a win-win situation and hope that our customers - smokers and non-smokers alike - will appreciate our efforts to provide a comfortable experience for all Onion Creek visitors.

I have two words for this: Woo hoo! And just in time for a study from Kentucky (PDF) that claims its recent smoking ban caused no economic harm to the city. Newswatch has more.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on February 20, 2007 to Elsewhere in Houston