I Love 801 Steak & Chop, Can’t Stand Cigar, Cigarette Smoke; New Smoking Ban Makes Me Breathe Easy

You’ll have to look high and low, long and hard to find someone as happy as I am about Iowa’s new public smoking ban, which went into effect July 1.

On the other hand, I’m a very big fan of the 801 Steak and Chop House.  It’s located on the second floor in Iowa’s tallest building, 801 Grand in downtown Des Moines, and everything on the menu is exceptional.

It’s especially popular during the height of our first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses and members of the national press corps take the local political pros to 801 to wine and dine us.  I’ve just never been a big fan of cigar and cigarette smoke – there or anywhere else. In fact, I hate it!

Those sentiments were noted today in The Des Moines Register’s Business Buzz by Dave Elbert.  (I happen to be a big fan of Elbert, too.) The smoke from 801’s final night before the smoking ban went into effect was so thick it actually encroached on a neighboring business, the Bening Financial Group.

Here’s the link to today’s Business Buzz: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080708/BUSINESS03/807080356/1029/BUSINESS

Today’s a perfect day to write a check to your local American Cancer Society chapter. If you’re an Iowan, it would be a wonderful thank you gift from your lungs to the people who played a huge role in making the smoking ban happen. The address, so you won’t have the excuse that you didn’t have time to look for it, is 8364 Hickman Road, Suite D, Des Moines, IA  50325.

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