I am writing this letter as a rebuttal to the comment made by Mike Sims, vice president of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, to the effect that the restaurant owners in Beverly Hills have received no complaints about people smoking in their restaurants. I have personally complained in many of the best restaurants in Beverly Hills about their lack of no-smoking sections. However, as you could expect, most of the maitre d's are under the unfortunate impression that their customers' smoke doesn't stink, and if you don't like it you can eat elsewhere.
I think one of my most memorable lunches was at one celebrated Beverly Hills restaurant where a table full of men all lit up cigars just as my friends and I were starting on our main course. It's too bad the Guinness Book of World Records wasn't timing us, because we must have set some kind of a speed-eating record. Needless to say, we didn't stay for the $8 desserts.