As of today, smoking is no longer permitted in Lafayette bars. Robin McMillan owns McMillan’s Pub in Lafayette, and she’s afraid the new ordinance will affect her business since about 80 percent of her patrons are smokers. She says they may start going to other bars because the smoking ban is only within the city limits.
“There’s other bars real close to mine that they can actually start going to that are three miles down the road. I just feel like it might affect my smokers not coming,” McMillan said.
McMillan says she’s been working for the past few weeks to accommodate her smoking customers. She says she’s bringing in lumber and construction workers to build a deck outside of her bar. But she says the task hasn’t been easy or cheap.
“To just come up with an extra $1,500 to build a deck to where people can be comfortable smoking outside is not as easy as it seems,” McMillan said.
McMillan says the change is frustrating because she has owned the building her bar is in for years. She says with both smoking and nonsmoking bars throughout the city, bar goers already had options. At this point, she says she is hopeful nonsmokers will help keep her in business.
“I’d like for the nonsmokers to start coming out because I follow the law, and it will be a nonsmoking bar of course. So I’m praying for nonsmokers to start patronizing my business,” McMillan said.