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Friday, March 13, 2009

Vernon Manor Closing

Now, this news just breaks my heart.  Truly.

Here's just a little bit more from the Business Courier. The Kentucky Post has the best story up so far, of the mainstreams.

This place was a city landmark, and anyone who worked in this industry knew somebody who worked at "The Vern."  They always had such wonderful stories to share about Cincinnati; funny, relevant, downright strange at times, and almost always laugh-out-loud hilarious.  Back in the day (yes, even the 90's!), all the rock stars were still staying there, and servers and bartenders from other establishments couldn't wait to be regaled with Vern stories, when our shifts ended and we'd all meet up to gossip about our night's work.

A former employer of mine operated this hotel, and although I didn't work at that property, I know and care deeply about the excellent people who worked at the beautiful, historic Vernon Manor.  There is so much I want to say about this, but probably shouldn't... just a little more time, and I'll open up.

But for now, it's just a very sad day for Cincinnati, and especially for the loyal, wonderful employees of The Vern. Hang in there, guys.

The most famous words ever uttered about the Vernon Manor: "Have to get to K-Mart. 400 Oak and Burnet.  400 Oak Street.  400 Oak and Burnet in Cincinnati."

Now Main Street's whitewashed windows, and vacant stores
Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more
They're closing down the textile mill 'cross the railroad tracks
Foreman says "These jobs are going boys, and they ain't coming back"
To your hometown
Your hometown
Your hometown

- Bruce Springsteen, "My Hometown"

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