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Junior’s rises again.

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Junior’s Tavern owner Greg Arata once presided over arguably the smokiest bar in town. Now that Junior’s has become a private club and moved to a new nonsmoking location on 30 E. Broadway (300 South), he says he doesn’t miss the haze at all. “I can’t stand smoke,” Arata said.

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We decided we weren’t going to do smoking when I left [the old Junior’s location]. It was starting to really irritate me, and I kept getting a lot of comments from people who just wouldn’t come in. You know, ‘I like your bar but it’s too smoky.’ … Smokers don’t really realize just how intrusive it is. They just look at it as part of the bar, which it was for years, but now I think people really get tired of it.

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