Indy’s Premier Jazz Club Goes Smoke-Free

In State News on June 30, 2009 at 9:13 am

Indy’s Premier Jazz Club, The Jazz Kitchen will now be a smoke-free venue. David Allee, owner of the club, made the announcement that beginning June 24, The Jazz Kitchen would be totally smoke-free. The decision was made not only to protect the workers, but to provide a safe environment for their patrons. This is seen as a victory for all the organizations and volunteers that continue to work hard for smoke-free, safe environments for all Hoosiers.

The Jazz Kitchen will provide the best in music entertainment in an environment that will enhance the audience’s experience. This change comes at a great time for The Jazz Kitchen. Chef Victor Ruiz will roll out new summer menu items to compliment their traditional favorites. They have also re-vamped the bar menu to include a few new unique cocktails and a new wine list.

“I decided to make The Jazz Kitchen a safe, smoke-free venue because I want to attract the highest quality bartenders, wait staff , musicians, and DJs to work here. No employee should have to choose between their job and their health. During these economic times it makes sense to offer customers the finest product possible,” says David Allee.

There are two organizations in Indianapolis that have focused exclusively on working toward workplace protection for bartenders, wait staff , musicians, and DJs. Take Note is a grassroots network of volunteers from the music, entertainment and nightclub industry who work together to draw attention to the problem of smoky entertainment venues. Smoke Free Indy represents a group of health and community organizations who advocate for smoke-free policies for all workers in Marion County.

“We applaud The Jazz Kitchen for taking this step in providing a safe atmosphere for their employees, artists and patrons. The decision to make The Jazz Kitchen smoke-free should send a strong message that Indianapolis is ready for a smoke-free future like other first class cities across the U.S.,” said Tim Filler, a Smoke Free Indy volunteer.


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