Yes, smoking has been banned from all Kansas City restaurants.
But the new Qudos - wine/cognac/cigar bar - plans to encourage it by offering a "sunroom, patio" where customers can light up.
The operation is set to open in the next couple of weeks at 1114 Grand Blvd.
The main room has cushy leather seats and loveseats, along with a bar area. Cigar scenes from old movies will be shown on wide screen TVs while customers chow down on appetizers and entrees.
A woman will occasionally roll cigars in the front window.
Owners Windell Fields and David Lux visited similar operations in Las Vegas and wanted to bring the concept to Kansas City.
"It's something different down here, more laid-back," Fields said.
The city allows smoking in establishments where more than 80 percent of sales are tobacco-related. The operations cannot sell food or alcohol, cannot allow anyone under age 18 into their smoking areas, and must have separate ventilation systems.
Whether Qudos' customers will be allowed to light up in the sunroom will be determined during the pre-opening inspection by the Kansas City Missouri Public Health Department.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Source: Kansas City Star