|Holy crap! The rest rooms in Branson's Shoji Tabuchi Theater win the grand prize|
The ballots have been counted and the Shoji Tabuchi Theater in Branson, Missouri, wiped out the competition in the 8th annual "America's Best Restrooms Contest" sponsored by Cincinnati-based Cintas Corporation, which manufactures restroom hygiene products and services. The contest was open to online voters who cast ballets through the contest's Internet site.
The Shoji Tabuchi Theater was honored, according to the press release touting the winners, for its elaborately decorated crappers, which feature marble fireplaces, a hand-carved mahagony pool table, period antiques, lion's head sinks, leather chairs, stained glass and chandeliers. The other winners included Baltimore's Tremont Plaza Hotel, New York City's iconic Radio City Music Hall, the Zeffirino Casino at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas and Chicago's Drake Hotel.
The only restaurant that made the final Top Ten list in the competition was Seattle's Canlis Restaurant. In Kansas City, a couple of tasteful rest rooms come to mind: the bathrooms at the InterContinental Hotel and at the Capital Grille -- but neither hold a candle to Shoji's palatial pooporium.