WICHITA, Kansas – When the smoking ban was passed three years ago, some business owners feared it would cost them customers.
On the three year anniversary of the smoking ban, a Wichita restaurant is saying that business is better than ever.
City leaders and others gathered at the Town & Country Restaurant on West Kellogg this afternoon to celebrate the law.
The owner’s daughter says that it’s actually been good to their business.
“Now since the law went into effect, we’ve had a lot of returning customers who said they came back because they loved our food, and were so glad they could come back without the second-hand smoke,” said Natasha Baker, Town & Country Restaurant.
Baker says that they knew they would lose some customers because of the law, but a recent poll finds that nearly 80 percent of voters believe the law is a good thing for Kansans.
In January, the Kansas Health Institute released a separate analysis that showed the smoke-free law did not lead to decreased overall sales at Kansas restaurants and bars or a reduction in the number of businesses that sell liquor.