Please, let me light your cigarette...

The City of Dallas has a no-smoking in restaurants law that's been on the books for about three years (in smoker's time, that's 3,000 packs long). In simplest terms, you cannot smoke in a business classified as a restaurant. Period, end of statement.

The ticket is given to the puffing patron; the bar or restaurant owner only gets unending embarassment and the loss of future business as word gets around.

And of course, most of the scumbars on Lower Greenville have Certificates of Occupancy claiming they operate as a restaurant, but let's see you find a kitchen anywhere on the premises.

The most notable scumbar is Suede, which claims to be a restaurant but could not find a set of matching dishes if you challenged them. But the ashtrays are all over the place.

So it comes as no surprise to hear that folks from the City's Environmental Services Dep't were on Lower Greenville this past Wednesday evening. Kinda dovetails with a call from a dining-out City Council member asking BD if he knew whether a certain business (which BD won't name) had a Specific Use Permit to operate as a bar. Seems this Council Member was offended by the large amount of cigarette smoke ruining what might have been a very tasty dinner. Nope, they do not have such a coveted permit.

It won't come as a surprise to find out Suede's managers were issued - word on the street - 27 separate citations for allowing their patrons to smoke.

It's no secret Suede is not on BD's Top Ten list of places you would take a scumpatron to dinner (rather, drink copious amounts of liquor and eat stale popcorn). BD will assume the city staffer issuing the citations ran out of tickets before he ran out of smokers.

Come on down to Lower Greenville, and make sure you visit Suede. Of course, smoke 'em if you got 'em. Can I offer you a light?

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Lower Greenville