Out of the Humidor
From the Print Edition:
bundle of cigars, Winter 92/93
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James M. Govino, M.D.
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
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If I may, as the longtime mâitre d' at the Everest in Chicago that was inaccurately portrayed in David Shaw's article "Where Can I Smoke In Peace?" I would like to take this opportunity to clarify to you and to your readers the restaurant's position on cigar smoking.
It is true that, unless you are the last table in the dining room, cigar smoking is not permitted in the Everest. This is not because we are intrinsically opposed to cigar smoking. Quite the contrary, our chef/owner, Jean Joho is from France and is very familiar with the smoking customs of Europeans. In fact, Chef Joho has a great affection for fine cigars himself. It is, however, a reality that in the U.S.A. we, as restaurateurs, must respond to the wishes of an overwhelming and (as your article points out), highly vocal majority of diners which believes that cigar smoke isn't appropriate in a fine dining atmosphere.
In an effort to try to accommodate the wishes of both smokers and nonsmokers, we invite those who would like to smoke a cigar into one of our private dining rooms, when available.
When our private dining rooms are occupied, we always have a comfortable lobby area where guests may enjoy a cigar and a selection from our extensive list of after-dinner Cognacs and cordials. In either case, there is always some accommodation we can make for our cigar smoking customers.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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