Speak Up, St. Charles: Should More Restaurants in St. Charles County Go Smoke Free?

After Grappa Grill announced it would go smoke free on Mar. 15, many St. Charles residents say other local establishments should follow the restaurant's lead. Do you agree? Add your voice to the conversation.

When Grappa Grill partner Jack Borgmeyer announced that the restaurant will go smoke free on March 15, the community responded—and most people seemed to feel that it was a great idea. In fact, we were not able to find anyone who was opposed to the ban.

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“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 hazard second hand smoke is to their employees. Obviously money is their main objective.”

Erin Walsh echoed McRaven’s sentiments with a “Hooray!”

“The tide of consumerism will eventually bend St. Charles in the right direction when it comes to healthier air at restaurants,” Walsh said. “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!”

St. Charles Patch Facebook fans were equally verbal about their feelings.

“Grappa Grill has earned more of my business,” posted Karl Griffith. “Thank you Jack Borgmeyer.”

Griffith added that the community would be watching to see if Borgmeyer’s move will change the attitude of many St. Charles and St. Peters restaurant owners.

“Some of us drive to O'Fallon or St. Louis County to beat the smoke,” Griffith said.

Erin Shetler said she stopped going to Grappa because of the smoke, but she would now put it back on her list of local favorites.

“Thank you for being brave enough to take this step, even if the city government is not,” Shetler said. “I hope other local restaurants follow suit. If they don’t, more Grappa Grill for me.”

Debbie Jamison said she had also stopped going to Grappa Grill due to the smoke, and she thinks the decision to go smoke-free was right.

Jill Rubin, Marcia Funderburk, Chris Schappe, Robert Dodd, Robin Lockard Buck and Dee Underwood Gerstenkorn  all agreed.

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

One woman, Joyce Cartwright, said she has smoked for 32 years, and that she hopes to quit soon.

“Seeing my mom in a wheelchair with COPD helped me,” Cartwright said. “The whistleblowers working for the tobacco companies who testified how the formulas were manipulated to make them more addictive was what provided the impetus for me to quit.”

She added that there were more non-smokers than smokers these days, and that even people who do still smoke prefer not to be around smoke when they’re eating.

“Nonsmoking areas in a restaurant just don't work,” Cartwright said. “Because, funny thing...that stinky smoke can't seem to figure out how to keep from wafting its way over to the nonsmoking section.”

 “Joyce is right about that smoke not staying in the smoking section,” added Sara Beth.

Debbie Jamison agreed, posting that someone told her husband that “if restaurants with smoking sections make our two asthmatic boys sick, then they shouldn’t go out to eat.”

“I think that’s absurd,” Jamison said. “But we do prefer to patronize 100 percent smoke-free restaurants.”

Do you think more St. Charles County restaurants should go smoke-free? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section, below.



Janice K. Davis March 10, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Absolutely! I refuse to frequent places where smoking is allowed. No matter how closed off the section, it's still in the air ducts and on the server's hands and in their clothing. If a smoker wishes to pollute his/her body and air, that's fine. However, it should not be allowed to interfere with the health and well-being of others.
Lorna wood March 10, 2013 at 04:00 PM
i think all restaurants, including bars should be smoke free..Why should a non smoker have to smell that stench, especially while eating??? Totally disgusting. I hope St Charles City goes smoke free soon..
Dino McDonnell March 10, 2013 at 04:51 PM
If we are going out to any public establishment, I always ask if the allow smoking and if the do, we don't go and I am an ex-smoker. Smoking is bad for everyone and we all know it.
donald March 10, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Smoke stinks, we refuse to subject our children to second hand smoke and we glad to see grapa steped up.
Judy Schmidt March 10, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Your business will increase. There are more non-smokers than smokers. I'm sure the staff will be happier too for health reasons. THANK YOU. Hope the rest of St. Charles restaurants, sports bars, casino, etc. will follow suit.
opal schneider March 10, 2013 at 09:45 PM
I am all for fresh smelling establishments,the only problem I see is,I do not have to give the Government the ability to control my Rights. The owner of the establishment can make the decision to be a Smoke free establishment,no vote needed to take my freedoms !
Sally March 11, 2013 at 01:23 AM
YES YES YES! I think all restaurants in St. Charles should be smoke-free, plus I think the state of Missouri should switch to smoke free. While I agree with Opal that I don't like government regulations, unfortunately establishments need help.
The Missourian March 11, 2013 at 03:54 AM
If St. Charles becomes smoke free, it won't be because the big bad gub'ment is bent on controlling your rights. It will be because the people of St. Charles saying they find smoking in dining establishments an intolerable nuisance. Government is us.
Janis March 11, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Yeah! Another smoke-free choice in St Charles! Smoke-free sections of a restaurants are as crazy as having "pee-free" areas of swimming pools. Come on St Charles, let's get with the times and ban smoking in all bars and restaurants!
Carol Felzien March 11, 2013 at 01:55 PM
A round of applause for Jack Borgmeyer and the staff at Grappa Grill...thank you!
Robyn Wright of Robyn's Online World March 11, 2013 at 07:30 PM
I smoked for 16 years and finally quit 10 years ago. It angered me when I was still a smoker and places wanted to go smoke free, but now this far out I am all for going smoke free at restaurants. I know it sucks for smokers, but maybe it will help encourage them to quit finally. Good call for Grappa Grill - now work on your food again please, it used to be so much better
Kathleen Reynolds March 17, 2013 at 03:29 AM
I say make it a state wide law to ban smoke in all public places! Not just restaurants, but I know we have to start with baby-steps!! It is a very slow process. But states like Tennessee and Ohio are smoke free already. What is the hold up Missouri? OK I will take the restaurants first, but lets get the ball rolling here. There are many more restaurants in The County of St. Charles and St. Peters... We have to start now! Follow Grappa's lead and do it now!


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