Figures. A Week After Obama Gives Shout Out to Ohio Restaurant – It Goes Out of Business

New Chet’s Restaurant was in business for 70 years.

Days after being mentioned by President Obama when he visited Toledo, New Chet’s Restaurant on East Manhattan Boulevard will close Sunday. The owner said he blames the economy and the smoking ban. – The Blade/Lori King

It figures. A week after Obama mentioned an Ohio restautant in one of his “success stories”, it goes out of business. reported:

An Ohio restaurant mentioned last week by President Barack Obama as an indirect beneficiary of the government’s Chrysler bailout will go out of business Sunday after a more than 70-year history.

Co-owner Richard Lawrence of New Chet’s Restaurant in Toledo says business has fallen victim to the economy and the workplace smoking ban approved by Ohio voters in 2006. He told The Blade newspaper of Toledo on Wednesday that auto industry cutbacks also hurt.

Lawrence says he used to deliver up to $300 in food per week to Chrysler Group LLC’s Jeep plant in Toledo, but now that’s down to about $100 worth.

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