It’s been nine months since the statewide smoking ban passed, but some bar owners have yet to get over it. Count Johnny Tedeschi, owner of Johnny Rotten’s in Middleburg Heights, as leader of the resistance movement. In the window in front of his bar, Tedeschi keeps a running tally of all the clubs closed since the bans passed. He doesn’t say from where he’s gathered his data, so it’s probably from the Association for Statistics Made Up By Guys Named Johnny, a very reliable organization operated out of Johnny Rotten’s handicapped stall.
Here, according to the sign in Tedeschi’s window, is the latest bar death toll, here and elsewhere:
26 Ohio bars gone now due to smoking ban.
New York: 41
-- Rebecca Meiser