Bar owner plans second annual smoke-in

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Controversial bar owner Kerry “Paco” Ellison is planning his second-annual smokers’ celebration at his Charleston bar.

Advertiser Ellison, owner of the Blackhawk Saloon in Charleston, said the second-annual smokers’ night activities begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the saloon.

Ellison and his clientele have flouted Kanawha County’s indoor smoking ban since the regulations barring smoking at bars and gambling establishments went into effect last year. Ellison was convicted in Kanawha Magistrate Court of disobeying the ordinance, but an appeal is pending in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Ellison doesn’t know how long he can successfully fight the smoking ban, though he says people have been cheap cigarettes at the Blackhawk since the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department put the clean indoor air ordinance into effect in July 2008.

“You can only kick that dog so many times before he’ll bite you,” Ellison said. “But I think I’ve proven over the past year that the dog ain’t got no teeth.”


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