What will happen to Flameburger?

I have a very important question for all of you late night diners in the Metro Area. What is going to happen to the Flameburger restaurants once Minneapolis and St Paul go smoke-free? It seems that the entire patronage of Flameburger are smokers. Shoot, I think 90% of the employees are smokers. Last time I went to the one on Central, my “chef” threw our burgers on, walked around the counter, and lit up. And that is what people LOVE about Flameburger. It’s old school dining at its best. Nothing takes away the worries of the world quite like Flameburger. It is a haven where political correctness and health codes don’t really matter. It also offers up one of the tastiest burgers in town.

Personally, Flameburger takes me back to my childhood family gatherings. The house is full of smoke, good natured bs is being flung by some, angry scowls by others, all while we feast on greasy comfort food. Now, once the Flameburgers go smoke-free, they will loose their main demographics: the people who can’t go ten minutes without a cigarette, their children, and the people who love the atmosphere. I’m truly afraid that Flameburgers aren’t going to make it. That would be a damn shame.

4 Comments so far

  1. JasonT (unregistered) on October 30th, 2004 @ 1:52 pm

    MMmm, Flameburger. I haven’t been there in ages, although right after the last time, I got appendicitis. Not that those two things have anything to do with each other, I’m sure.

  2. KREVwon (unregistered) on March 29th, 2005 @ 12:19 pm

    The Flame’s patronage is the after bar crowd. They won’t suffer anymore than anyone else. Probably less. Even if they can’t smoke, people still get drunk and hungry! There may be a temporary lull and then business as usual…except not as smelly.

  3. Derek (unregistered) on March 29th, 2005 @ 1:30 pm

    A friend pointed out to me that Flame Burger is Columbia Heights/Hilltop. Not Minneapolis. It is not in Hennepin Cnty, so it won’t be affected. Whew.

  4. Johnn-0 Pronto (unregistered) on July 28th, 2005 @ 11:55 am

    Well, it’s been a few months since the neo-commies in the legislature passed the smoking ban. It hasn’t been quite the death sentance that some may have feared. Sure it put a cramp in business (especially for those on the border). But i think that the majoruty of the patronage just cant stay away. After closing down a favorite drinking joint, who can resist the call of a big greasy char-broiled flameburger? Not me. Anne & Sal are doing a great job!!!

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