Tuesday - Mar 21, 2006
Public Health to Award Smoke Free Recognition Certificate on March 23
"I'm in the hospitality business, and I wasn't offering the best hospitality". -Harold Allston, Owner, The Great Impasta
Champaign - The Great Impasta, at 114 W. Church St., Champaign, is now a smoke-free restaurant. Owner Harold Allston chose to make his restaurant smoke-free this week, adding his establishment to a growing list of eateries that are getting rid of their smoking sections altogether.
Mr. Allston said several factors contributed to his decision to go smoke-free. First, trying to keep smoke from non-smokers was impossible. "I thought the restaurant was big enough, but you can't keep it from the non-smoking section".
Read the full press relase. (PDF)