Come down here!
Last month, I did a story about how bars are preparing for the Feb. 1 statewide smoking ban.
To find some of the places for an article, I cold called a bunch of bars I knew were havens for smokers.
The Mount Royal Tavern was one of them.
But the call didn't last long. Once I told the bartender who I was and what I was calling about, he said:
"Then instead of sitting at your desk and calling me, why don't you come down here!?!?"
So, frustrated but intrigued, I went down there. ...
As I walked in, the bartender was telling the story to one of his patrons.
"There he is!" he said when I saw him.
"Ha, ha, very funny," I said.
"It's hilarious," he said.
Though I didn't use the Tavern for the article, the employees did give me a couple good tips. So the trip over there was worth it, in the end.
(Photo by Elizabeth Malby/Sun Photographer)