BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Less than a week after BocaNewsNow.com asked Darden Restaurants (NYSE:DRI) why smoking was permitted on the outside patio of Yard House at Mizner Park, the Orlando-based restaurant company today announced smoking is now banned moving forward.
At issue: Florida’s Clean Indoor Air Act (FCIAA) which only permits smoking on restaurant patios if the patio is more than 50 percent exposed to the air. The State of Florida considers roofing and walls in its calculation. The patio at Yard House is completely covered by a roof and much of it by the restaurant’s exterior walls. An informal calculation suggests that coverage of the patio is at 50 percent — or greater than 50 percent.
Yard House is an extremely popular restaurant — especially for parents and small children during the early hours of each weekend night. Those parents, believing they doing the right thing by requesting to eat outside, were often thanked for that thoughtfulness by unthoughtful smokers puffing smoke.
Now, no one will be smoking at Yard House.
From Communications Director Rich Jeffers:
The management team at the Boca Yard House has made the decision to make the patio non-smoking. Our PBG location made the same decision earlier this year, and the Boca team had been considering doing the same. They had planned to make it effective this coming Monday. But rather than wait, they made it effective yesterday.
Darden owns Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze and other popular family friendly chains.