Restaurants Now Smoke-Free

Under an act of the General Assembly, smoking in Virginia restaurants is illegal, beginning today. Huzzah! (The exception is restaurants that maintain a closed, separate smoking room with an independent ventilation system.) Many restaurants banned smoking after the bill passed last winter, getting a head start on the law, but some holdouts only went smoke-free at 12:01 AM today. Governor Tim Kaine will be visiting West Main (the restaurant) Hamilton’s at noon today to celebrate the new law, as a part of a tour of restaurants across the state. There are a handful of restaurants that I’m looking forward to being able to go to now, with Riverside on High Street topping the list. Where do you plan to go now that you can return home afterwards without smelling like an ashtray?

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