A Crazy Smoking Policy

I shot a leisurely 18 holes the other day with my brother-in-law. We took a cart, which makes it much easier to smoke cigars. The course was playing a bit slow, so I fired up a Punch Double Corona on the fifth tee box. It lasted until about the 13th or 14th hole, when I lit a La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Lancero.

The cigars seemed to help my game, and I finished with a par. We had some time to kill and I still had half a smoke left, so we ambled up to the deck of the course’s restaurant, called Quatro Pazzi, Italian for "four crazies."

A waitress came over and we ordered a pair of Sam Adams beers. I asked for an ashtray.

“You can’t smoke here,” he said, “because there are people eating.”

Now I’m the last guy who wants to spoil someone’s meal by blowing smoke in their face, but I was sitting outside, with nothing above my head except an umbrella. And this is a huge restaurant. There are two large dining rooms inside, plus a porch that seats more than 100 people.

“Where’s the smoking section?” I asked.

I was told I could smoke a step off the patio, on the walkway leading to the restaurant. Which meant I couldn’t smoke at all.

Instead of food, we stuck to the beer and made an early exit. And that’s the last one I’m going to buy at that restaurant, unless they welcome my cigar.
Tanner K New Canaan, CT July 16, 2007 3:30pm ET
Oak Hills, I presume?
DAVE Savona July 16, 2007 4:45pm ET
Yes, Oak Hills indeed.
Mike Masciarelli July 17, 2007 12:49pm ET
This is OBSURED!!! This country has gone to the dogs in terms of legislation that restricts our most basic freedoms. If you are going to have a non-smoking section for non-smokers, to be fair there should be a smoking section as well!!! This must violate some kind of anti-segregation laws... Someone should take up a lawsuit! I'd be on board.
Matthew Caruso Jersey July 22, 2007 12:34am ET
They should rename the restaurant to "Quattro Idioti" -- the Doormatt

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