United Restaurant & Tavern Owners of New York's Press Releases &
In the News:
SMOKE BAN HITS 'HOODS - By DAVID RABIN - June 3, 2004
- The City Council has granted development rights to 16 sites in
Soho and Noho, provided that no liquor licenses of any kind — not
even restaurants — be granted in those new buildings.
Meanwhile, Manhattan Community Board 3 has declared a moratorium on
the consideration of all liquor licenses within its borders. That's
only advisory — but it sends quite a message to local politicians
and to the State Liquor Authority. Similarly, residents of St.
Mark's Place (that quiet, suburban oasis) have threatened to sue the
SLA to halt the granting of any further licenses on their block.
Time to clear the air! - By Brian Nolan -
April 22, 2004 - New York City agencies have consistently misled New
Yorkers, with their rosy smoking-ban statistics: Headlines like “Bar
Business up 8.7% since the ban”, have been debunked as totally
inaccurate. The city deliberately dumped statistical data from
hundreds of chain establishments such as Starbucks and McDonald's in
with bars and taverns.
Spending on Big Macs and skim lattes tells us nothing about the
effects of the smoking ban. To understand the ban's effect on bar
and tavern business, one must look specifically at post-ban revenue
totals for bars and taverns.
To date, only one such survey has been done, and it revealed what we
in the New York City’s Hospitality Community already knew: Business
is down! The survey, carried out by International Communications
Research, found 76 percent of New York City bars and nightclubs have
had a 30 percent decrease in customers, and 34 percent have cut
staff. Not exactly encouraging statistics! This survey endorses the
unheralded findings of a previous survey done by New York State
Restaurant Assoc, NYC Chapter.
We're against the ban for one reason: It is undermining businesses
and jobs. Please contact your local NYC City Councilor, or State
Senator and Assembly member and tell them you support S.6372, the
amendment to the Clean Indoor Air Act, that would allow smoking in
certain areas of bars, and only under controlled filtration and
*** Brian Nolan, Executive Director, United Restaurant & Tavern
Owners of New York, Inc.
Two OTBs get smoking waivers; Buffalo bistro wins
suit - April 3, 2004, 3:08 PM EST - ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Two
Off-Track Betting parlors in Oswego County have been granted waivers
from the state's tough anti-smoking rules, while the operator of a
Buffalo bistro won a waiver after suing in state court.
The Oswego County Board of Health on Friday granted waivers from the
statewide ban on public indoor smoking to the OTB parlors in Central
Square and Phoenix.
Waivers were rejected for the OTB parlor in Oswego and a tavern in
Schroeppel. In March, the board approved four business waivers and
Affected businesses have to show financial hardship from the ban and
ensure that employees and non-smokers are protected from second-hand
The Central Square OTB showed that betting activity between November
and January fell almost 42 percent from the previous year, and it
spent $3,780 to minimize second-hand smoke.
The Phoenix OTB showed a 13.2 percent business drop and spent
$127,500 to build a separate smoking room. The Oswego OTB showed a
6.6 percent drop, and its smoking room was found to be too close to
the building entrance.
In Buffalo, State Supreme Court Justice Rose Sconiers on Friday
granted Rick Naylon a six-month waiver from the no-smoking law for
his Jimmy Mac's bistro.
Sconiers found that Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Anthony
Billittier improperly expanded the restrictions in requiring
businesses to entirely eliminate smoke exposure of employees and
nonsmokers. She also found unduly restrictive a requirement that
Naylon prove he lost at least 15 percent in sales solely due to the
*** Information from: The Post-Standard,