This community recognition award goes to both
Kurt Wagner and Karen Coopersmith, managers at the two Tomato Cafe restaurant
locations in Albuquerque.
In a personal interview with Kurt Wagner, we asked
him about the decision to be 100% smoke-free. He told us that management
considered the Tomato Cafe to be a family dining experience. We talked
to Kurt around the noon time rush, and his point was obvious. While there
were many single diners and small group parties, this is clearly a popular
restaurant for kids and their moms and dads.
When asked about negative reactions from smokers,
Kurt told us that there has been, on occasion, a compliant or two. He said
that in general everyone seems happy with the policy. Kurt stated that
he has, in fact, received more compliments from smokers and nonsmokers alike than he
has received complaints.
While we were there, we watched a couple of customers
finish their meal, leave the facility and then light up a cigarette on
the way to their cars. Seems like a compatible policy to all of us.
The Tomato Cafe specializes in Italian cuisine. They feature pizzas, pasta, spinach
ravioli, meatballs and Italian green beans.
If you have a big appetite or just want a wholesome variety of fine Italian dishes, we recommend
the Tomato Cafe. Please let them know you saw this feature here...
The new America thanks both Kurt and Karen!
Tomato Cafe Locations and Phone Numbers
5901 Wyoming Blvd. NE
1930 Juan Tabo NE