When my family ducked into the dimly lit cave of Brown's Diner for Sunday lunch, something was missing. The burger was the same--predictably all-American and swaddled on a sweet, soft bun; the service was its unique age-old blend of sweet and surly. But something significant was gone.
Oh, yeah, it was the smoke. And to my lungs, it was a beautiful absence.
Just last week while dining at Jimmy Carl's Lunch Box--the mouthwatering barbecue restaurant taking up residence inside the Station Inn during the day--I remarked that maybe no place in town had benefited more from going smoke-free than the Station Inn. The Mother Church of Bluegrass is still steeped in history and charisma, but I don't have to hold my breath while I'm there.
Now I'm thinking maybe Brown's Diner wins most-improved. As much as I have always loved the atmosphere and burgers in there, I usually avoided it because I couldn't handle the fumes.
I know there's a whole other set of opinions out there, and I'm not trying to reinvigorate a dialog about Smoke-Free Tennessee. But what I want to know is this: Besides Brown's Diner and Station Inn, what are the other great places that non-smokers avoided that have now become more hospitable?