• Ohio Restaurant Name-checked By President Obama To Close
  • An Ohio restaurant mentioned last week by President Barack Obama as an indirect beneficiary of the government’s Chrysler bailout is going out of business.

    New Chet’s Restaurant in Toledo will close Sunday after 70 years.

    Co-owner Richard Lawrence says business has fallen victim to the economy and a smoking cigarettes 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 worth of food per week to Chrysler Group LLC’s Jeep plant in Toledo, but now that’s down to about $100 worth.

    Obama visited the Jeep plant last Friday. He suggested that, without the auto plant’s workers, Chet’s and other local businesses would have fewer customers.