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According to the Heritage Foundation's Daily
Three restaurants, actually; the other two are in Green Hills and out at the airport, but the bulk of the 80-90 employees are at the midtown location, so by getting rid of them he can get rid of the threat of health insurance for dishwashers, waitstaff, and cooks (some of the managers are insured already).
Contrast the approach of Bob Bernstein of Nashville's Bongo Java chain, as reported not in the Signal but in The Tennesseean:
The major difference is, Loventhal was going to do it anyway.Bernstein expects he'll spend more money by offering insurance than paying the penalty, but he decided the coverage would be better for morale and the "company as a whole." Bongo Java, which owns several popular restaurants and coffee spots including Fenwick's 300 and Fido, has about 160 employees, but most are part-time. The company is on the edge of the full-time employee requirement.
"I feel bad writing the federal government a $30,000-40,000 check," Bernstein said. "It's going to cost me probably double, but at least it's going toward something. I don't think it's going to shut my business."
He's sold the Noshville property to a developer and was on track to shut it down by March. He's just doing it a couple of months earlier now.
But the development is depriving Nashvilleans, perhaps, of that one last New Year's Eve pastrami sandwich, or is it Presidents' Day bagel, or Martin Luther King, Jr., Day knish—or forcing them out to the suburbs to get it! They won't be able to say a proper farewell! This is the kind of suffering Obama gladly inflicts on people as he carries out his ruthless socialist designs.
I am shocked, shocked to find politics intruding into this heartrending tale!Please listen to what Tennessee Rep Diane Black has to say regarding the closing of Noshville and Obamacare. https://t.co/Xc1uu7q6Ht— Noshville Pickle (@NoshvillePickle) December 9, 2015