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Straws in the wind ? Carmen's closing for 3 months in summer

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Straws in the wind ? Carmen's closing for 3 months in summer

Bigtigger | May 25, 2009 09:26 AM

An augury of both the fallout from the economic conditions and the anticipated fall-off in Toronto tourism (plus perhaps a comment on its deteriorating state as a restaurant), Carmen's, the venerable steak house in downtown Toronto, is closing for all of June, July and August. Weirdly, they are advertising this on radio - seems a strange way to use resources; but what do I know ? They are but a shadow of their glory days 30-40 years back; but that apart, for a well-advertised downtown restaurant to close all summer implies a distinct lack of confidence in the city and our economy. It may well make economic sense for the owners, but you'd think the incremental cost of keeping one room open and making some $$ from those who do come in would not be great.

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