File this under “never going to happen.”
A caterer who runs the Capitol Cafe in the basement of the Ohio Statehouse wants to turn the space into a pub for after-hours events. Lawmakers and the public would be able to reserve the space in the evenings, after all the touring schoolchildren are back home and safely snuggled in their beds. This would be the first statehouse bar in the nation. “Would” is the operative word here, because this thing has a pretzel’s chance on the floor of GABF of not getting crushed under someone’s heel.
Why? Politics, of course! If you’ve forgotten, alcohol is evil, grown ups can’t be trusted, and small business people (like the caterer in the basement) are simply pawns in the sanctimonious game of political posturing. Never mind that alcohol is served at catered events at the statehouse already. Never mind that most every office in the building probably houses a bottle of hooch or a mini-fridge full of beer. Never mind that 10% of all sales from the cafe go to pay off the 1996 restoration of the statehouse and to a vocational training program for the disabled. There’s no way this political punching bag will see the light of day.
As a matter of fact, it’s already dying a slow death. According to the AP, “The panel that oversees Statehouse operations has slowed the project’s pace, assigning it to a study committee that will sort out what the business should offer.”
Uh oh. A “study committee” doesn’t sound good. It sounds like a place where fun ideas go to die.
Anyway, nice try Ohio. Too bad, too, as beer and politics make pretty good bedfellows.