A number of restaurant owners in downtown Columbus say communication from the Kristen Brown administration is a major reason they could not succeed.
One member of the Downtown Columbus Independent Restaurant Association says more retail is needed downtown.
The Columbus ordinance is stricter than the state smoking ban that provides exemptions for bars, taverns and private clubs.
Bars, restaurants, hotel rooms and bowling alleys will no longer allow their customers to smoke inside starting June 1st.
Officials say the plan will help regulate growth near the Edinburgh Outlet Mall in Bartholomew County.
The Indiana Senate has never passed a smoking ban out of committee. Politicians say this year's bill has bipartisan support.