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James Wong, the manager of the Boardroom Restaurant in Hay River, displays a no-smoking sign that has been covered up. The restaurant recently re-established a smoking section after losing business by going all non-smoking. - Paul Bickford/NNSL photo
After the bylaw came into force April 1, the Boardroom went all non-smoking. However, Wong says the restaurant lost business as a result.
Wong says some smokers would peek in through the door and ask if smoking was allowed, only to leave when told it wasn't.
"They wouldn't even come in," he adds. "They'd rather pass up the meal."
The Boardroom re-established a smoking section on April 15.
It is divided from the remainder of the restaurant by glass doors and has its own ventilation system.
In the two weeks the restaurant was completely non-smoking, Wong says business was down 25 to 30 per cent.
He believes part of the reason is people can't smoke at work, and want a place where they can go to relax and have a cigarette.