Construction delays are holding up the opening of Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill at Cincinnati’s Banks riverfront development.
WLWT.com reports that the honky tonk won’t open as originally planned in December. A post on the company’s Facebook page said construction delays meant the restaurant hasn’t yet been able to get the inspections it needs to open.
I can’t help but remember Keith’s objection to Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks opinion on the War in Iraq and her views on our war criminal president at the time. You know who I’m talking about.
I’m sure you recall all that “shut up and sing” crap forced on Natalie and the chicks. Country radio stood behind Keith and stopped playing Dixie Chicks music.
It all got pretty ugly.
I guess at this point, it’s water under the bridge but I can’t help but wonder when Keith’s restaurant in Cincinnati does open and if a customer objects to a meal that they order that isn’t very good, will the person serving that meal tell the customer to just “shut up and eat?”
Maybe I’m being silly, but freedom of speech in this country applies to everything—from opinions on war to even how well a chicken sandwich is prepared.
(Photo from the Associated Press)