Billy Bob's goes no smoking

Starting May 1 smoking will be prohibited inside Billy Bob's Texas. There is a smoking patio where customers and employees can light up. (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison)
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Starting May 1 smoking will be prohibited inside Billy Bob's Texas. There is a smoking patio where customers and employees can light up. (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison)
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Fort Worth

No more smoke getting in your eyes at Billy Bob’s

By Monica S. Nagy

and Preston Jones

mnagy@star-telegram.com,

pjones@star-telegram.com

April 27, 2016 10:55 AM

FORT WORTH

The future of the Stockyards has been a hot topic in Fort Worth lately, and change appears to be in the air.

In that spirit, one of Fort Worth’s signature venues is making some changes of its own: As of Sunday, patrons can no longer smoke in Billy Bob’s Texas.

Smoking has long been banned in the showroom, where musical performances take place, but this decision extends the ban to the entire site, including the bar area and dance floor.

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The decision was made based on several years of customer surveys that were sent out via email, said Chris Spinks, the venue’s director of marketing.

“Smoking was an issue that was consistently brought up,” Spinks said. “We put this policy in place because of that.”

Spinks said the honky-tonk now has an outdoor smoking patio on the east side of the building. It has picnic tables, fans and stream lights.

Billy Bob’s website includes a statement that e-cigarettes won’t be allowed.

Customers will be informed of the new policy via email when they buy tickets, he said.

“There have been people in favor and people not in favor — and that’s to be expected,” Spinks said.

In other news, Billy Bob’s will host a Fourth of July picnic — on July 2 — with performances from the Turnpike Troubadours, Billy Joe Shaver and Shinyribs, among others. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Monica S. Nagy: 817-390-7792, @MonicaNagyFWST

 

Preston Jones: 817-390-7713, @prestonjones