Crash prone restaurant presses its luck with Friday the 13th reopening

Cincinnati (AP) -- After one very unlucky month earlier this year, a Cincinnati restaurant is thumbing its nose at fate -- by reopening on Friday the 13th.

Twice during May, cars crashed into the Washington Platform Saloon and Restaurant at its corner location downtown.

Owner Jon Diebold jokes that his place should now be known as the "home of the one-two punch." He's had T-shirts made up with a bull's-eye on the back and the slogan, "You can't miss us." And, there's a sign outside telling customers: "Restaurant Open, Drive-Thru Closed."

Diebold is hopeful the Washington Platform won't be knocked out of commission again. The corner entrance has been rebuilt with a concrete and steel post that he says would stop a bus.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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