I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and I'm looking at a few different cities in the area in which I could open a shop. The problem is, most of the cities around here have adopted a smoking ban.
Many of the people I know from the coffee shops around here (myself included) don't visit the shops as often now that the smoking bans are in place. For those who don't know, this of course means no smoking inside, but also no smoking within 50 feet of any building entrances.
I suppose what I'm wondering is, how important is being able to sit outside and have a cigarette, to a coffee shop's success? I'm afraid within the group I know, it's pretty important, but I'm asking outside of the box.