If you were concerned that The Vortex’s decision last to month to go smoke-free would mean a change in the restaurant’s longtime 21-and-over policy, you’ve got nothing to fear.
The restaurant -- which operates locations in Midtown and Little Five Points -- addressed the policy in a blog post this week.
When we originally opened The Vortex back in 1992, we allowed parents to decide whether or not to bring their children into our bar. Sure, it was smoky, loud and full of questionable characters, but hey, your kid, your choice. It wasn’t until Georgia passed the Smoke-Free Air Act of 2005 that we changed our admission policy. That law required bars to become 100% “non-smoking” unless minors were banned from the premises. Easy choice. Bye-bye kiddies. And the best part? Our loyal patrons LOVED the change. In hindsight, I can’t believe we didn’t ban the little buggers sooner.
In case you hadn’t heard, as of February 1, 2019, The Vortex has eliminated ALL smoking inside our premises, not by government decree, but as the result of a month-long online customer survey. The poll was taken by 11,000 participants. Interestingly, there was a common theme in the comments section of our survey – and I’m paraphrasing here; “Whatever you do – please, for the love of god – stay adults only!”
During the survey a few sweet, naive, adorable folks also asked us the question, “If you go smoke-free, will you become an ‘all-ages’ venue again?” Hahahahaha! Oh, wait – they were serious. Well, the short answer is “no.” A slightly longer answer is, HELL NO. But if you are interested in a little extra context, sure – I’m all about transparency – so I’ll give it a shot.
The post goes on to list its reasons for keeping its policy intact, citing “the ridiculous messes that kids make” and the fact that once they become mobile, “they love nothing more than to flee the confines of their table (and their parents), and stagger around the premises – also like drunks.”
The main issue, the post states, is that allowing in customers under the age of 21 makes it difficult for the restaurant to “enforce various liquor laws to maintain our Liquor License.”
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