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Grappa Grill Goes Smoke Free

Restaurant partner Jack Borgmeyer says he's responding to requests from customers.

Grappa Grill partner Jack Borgmeyer announced on Friday that the restaurant will go smoke free on March 15. 

The owners made the decision following requests from customers. St. Charles is not a smoke-free city, although other cities in St. Charles County have opted to limit smoking in some public places. 

“Over the years we have heard the rising complaints from our patrons and felt that it was move that had to be made,” Borgmeyer said in a press release.

According to the St. Charles County Department for Health and the Environment, more than 75 food establishments in St. Charles are smoke free. This list includes schools, hotels and other public facilities, in addition to restaurants. 

Last fall, St. Charles County Council put a county-wide ban on the November ballot, but County Elections Director Rich Chrismer pulled the measure off the ballot, a move upheld by Circuit Judge Ted House

A few weeks ago, St. Charles Republican Bill Otto introduced a bill that would prevent casinos from being subject to smoking laws that other casinos within 75 miles aren't subject to, meaning Ameristar Casino couldn't be subject to a smoking ban unless one was in place at Hollywood Casino. 

What other restaurants would you like to see go smoke free? 

Greta McRaven March 04, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Way to go Grappa Grill! St.Charles needs to get with the program and go smoke free! The casinos need to realize what a health hazzard second hand smoke is to their employees. Obviously money is their main objective.
Erin Walsh March 04, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Hooray! The tide of consumerism will eventually bend St. Charles in the right direction when it comes to healthier air at restaurants. Bravo to Grappa's for being brave enough to take this step even when local leaders are not. I stopped going to Grappa's because of the smoke and am happy to put it back on my list of favorite spots come March 15!

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