July 25, 2005

Five-Star Restaurant in Downtown Cincinnati Closes

Filed under: Business Moves — Tom @ 7:11 pm

America’s longest-running five-star restaurant (41 consecutive years) closed today, and may or may not reopen. Cincinnati News has the news.

I am stunned that the owners are going to allow a full year of closure to take place before reopening, and that the prospect of reopening where they would like is still dependent on resolving zoning issues. I would have expected better planning.

I am also surprised at the Post article’s characterization of the location (one block from Fountain Square, considered the center of downtown) as “inner city.” But then again, anyone who has stood on 6th Street between Vine and Walnut after dark would probably agree that doing so has an “inner city” feel that is none too pleasant.

Quote of the Day: A Liberal and a Conservative

Filed under: Quotes, Etc. of the Day,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:52 pm

Great story from the Club for Growth Blog about Democrats, Republicans, and responsibility (though I would replace “Democrats” with “Liberals” and “Republicans” with “Genuine Conservatives”).

Hat Tip to the ever-vigilant Porkopolis.

This Is Too Cool (Dr. Seuss-esque Book on Economic and Personal Liberty)

Filed under: Marvels — Tom @ 6:38 pm

An Island Called Liberty (HT Poor and Stupid):

From a web page description:

This book is a cross between Dr. Seuss and Ayn’s Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

Inside is the story of a right friendly land,
Where people were quick to lend a free hand.
With the best of intentions they passed many laws,
To fix what they felt were quite fixable flaws
But the fixes, they found, were too much in the end,
For the bureaus and programs and taxes they penned.
Once the lessons were learned, here’s what they knew:
The contentment of many can’t come from the few.

More description:

Ayn Rand would be proud of the message and Dr. Seuss would be proud of the beautiful illustrations and rhyming verse in this lively tale of free-markets versus excessive government regulation. …. Follow the trials of bright Bridget Blodgett as she struggles to produce her widgets and wodgets in the face of increasing taxation!

It seems a bit much for the presumably elementary-school crowd. But so does this, and it’s still in lots of schools.