Denny's Remodeling To Become A Smoke-Free Facility

The Denny's on Kemp is going to be closed for the next 10 days to be remodeled into becoming a smoke-free facility.

The doors to “America's Diner” will close at 3:00 a.m. Monday morning and then at 8:00 a.m., a demolition crew will go into change the restaurant from top to bottom.

“The biggest thing that's going to change is the smoke free environment.  This building has been here for years and it has been in need of a remodel,” said General Manager, Carrie Armstrong.

In July, the city of Wichita Falls passed a smoking ordinance which bans smoking in all public places, including bars and restaurants.

The remodel of the Denny's on Kemp has actually been in the works since before the smoking ordinance was passed.

“I have a lot of non smokers who will come in and will immediately leave because they smell smoke. We're excited that we're going to gain a whole new clientele here,” said Armstrong.

Some of Denny's customers, however, aren't too happy about the change.

“I come here to eat and then I always smoke after I finish eating or maybe before.  I don't like it, but if I want to come here and eat and see all of the nice people, I have to go along with it, “said George Ikard.

Denny's is still in a grandfather clause, which means that they had two years to comply with the city's smoking ordinance.

The Denny's on Kemp was on the last few restaurants in the city that allowed smoking.

, Newschannel 6