But why should that stop our blissfully out-of-touch President from citing a soon-to-be defunct restaurant as an example of why the auto industry bailouts have been such smashing successes?
A small north Toledo eatery whose origins date back to 1923 will close Sunday, just days after being feted in a speech to Chrysler workers by President Obama.Yeah, I'd be a little worried right now if I owned Inky's or Rudy's.
New Chet's Restaurant, in the 1000 block of East Manhattan Blvd., is closing for good, bringing to an end a nearly 90-year run at the corner of Manhattan and Cecelia Avenue, co-owner Richard Lawrence said Wednesday.
Mr. Lawrence, 82, was shot twice during a robbery outside his restaurant on May 19, 2008, while attempting to help what he thought was a man with a disabled automobile.
"Since I've been shot, I haven't been able to cook," Mr. Lawrence said Wednesday. "It was the economy and the smoking ban that hurt us more than anything."
Mr. Lawrence said a lack of business made the economics of paying someone to cook for his restaurant no longer sustainable. He placed the business up for sale and last week turned it over to a local real estate company. The contraction of the automotive industry didn't help either, he added.
Mr. Lawrence said he had 100 people packed into the restaurant then, hoping the President would stop by.
"It was busier than heck," he said. "Some people waited there for three hours. My parking lot was jammed."
Instead, President Obama ate lunch at Rudy's Hot Dog on West Sylvania Avenue, and dropped by Fred's Pro Hardware around the corner on Stickney Avenue, but mentioned Chet's during his remarks as he discussed other jobs and businesses that benefitted from the 2009 bailout of Chrysler because Toledo Chrysler workers still had jobs.
"And this plant indirectly supports hundreds of other jobs right here in Toledo," President Obama said to hundreds of workers in Chrysler's Wrangler plant. "After all, without you, who'd eat at Chet's or Inky's or Rudy's?"
h/t: Mikepfs via a retweet by Connie Hair.