Two bars warned for violating smoking ban

Two Jefferson City businesses have become the first to have complaints lodged against them for violating the city’s smoking ordinance. On Friday, the business owners pledged they will now comply with the ordinance.

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Earlier in the week, city officials sent warning letters to Jameys Lounge, 900 W. McCarty St., and Chick’s Tap Room, 2713 Industrial Drive.

“The owners claimed they were exempt because they sell cigarettes at their establishment,” said city attorney Nathan Nickolaus. “That’s not true. The letters reminded them that 70 percent of their sales must come from the sale of cigarettes in order to be considered exempt of the ordinance.”

Nickolaus said the letter also pointed out that under terms of the city code, these businesses’ liquor licenses could be suspended or revoked.

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