News Bits — December 17, 2009

Timbers Inn goes non- smoking January 1

The State of Michigan is following Dean Juth’s move. The owner of Timbers Inn, 6555 Belding Road, has announced the restaurant and bar will go smoke free beginning January 1.

“We have always had a nonsmoking dining room and the bar was the smoking room,” said Juth. “Our bookings and reservation for parties have outgrown the dining room, so it made sense to use what we have since the smoking population in our area seems to be dwindling. I know that some of the smokers will understand that it is inevitable.”

Juth said he made the decision to go no smoking as of the first year because of the Valentine, Easter, Mothers Day and rehearsal dinners coming in spring. He now has more room to book those parties. “The state had tried passing the no smoking ban at least seven times in the past, but it always got hung up and then died” Juth said. “When North Carolina—the tobacco state—banned it this year,  I knew it was going to pass in Michigan so the timing for us worked well to do it January 1.”

Juth said the overall reaction among his customers has been favorable, but he knows some people will be irritated by the decision. “In this economic climate if one area of your business is growing you have you have jump on it and go with it.”

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