Ginny's Place shut down recently. Owner John Higgins says a combination of the smoking ban, poor economic conditions, and a decision to focus on other business interests led to the closing. It's the latest bar to shut down in Evansville since the smoking ban went into effect last year.
But some bar owners say the smoking ban isn't the main reason pubs are shutting down. Terri Carl runs LeRoy's Tavern. She says a lot of things can cause a bar to close.
"I would hesitate to say it's the number one factor," she says. "I would hold that as a very personal issue with the bar owner."
Don Marquardt, President of the Indiana Licensed Beverage Association, says some bars had a tough time adjusting to loss in revenue after the ban started, and that it's still a common factor in some bars closing. He adds the smoking exception made for casinos hurts smaller bars.