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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Butts out at The Sports Page

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 10:50 AM

click to enlarge The biggest hotdog in town, now sans nicotine.
  • The biggest hotdog in town, now sans nicotine.

Stop the presses! Or toss out the ashtrays at least. No longer does The Sports Page serve its great cheeseburgers and ginormous chilidogs with a hint of Marlboro.

The Sports Page has served up some pretty good chow for 40 years, but it’s done so amid a blue fog of cigarette smoke. Owner Eric Tinner decided to end the practice in January and shut the restaurant down for a week to get the pros in to clean the surfaces of tobacco grime. Tinner said he’d been on the fence about the smoking “for a long time” and his smoking customers knew a change was inevitable. He knows he lost business from folks who didn’t like the smoke, and he wanted to be able to serve the under-18 set.

Tinner also said some customers had expressed interest in stop in for a beer after work, so he’s thinking of expanding into evening hours. Hours now are 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Now, if only The Tavern Grill would do the same … .

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