Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Columbia Gay Bar at Center of Smoking Ban Opposition

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Tue, May 13, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Note: My observations about Columbia are from the perspective of someone who hasn't been in that scene for a good four years.

My other job (the one I get paid for) is to cover local and state politics for the City Paper. It's always interesting when the two blogs bump into each other. With Charleston's smoking ban (now nearing a year old) just exiting the news cycle around here, I saw this story about Columbia's plans for a smoking ban, with an interesting note at the end.

Opponents of the ordinance like Tony Snell, who owns Club Fusion in the Vista, are not giving up.

Club Fusion is the little gay bar that could in Columbia and I can tell you they've got good reason to be scared. Where Club Pantheon here in Charleston has an option for a make-shift smokers patio (which is really just off the second exit), I don't really remember any reasonable area for Fusion to use. Smokers would just have to walk out the front door.

They might also have some stiff competition next door from the Art Bar, which has a well-established smokers patio.


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