I used to go to the Clarmont once in a while. After enjoying a great steak, one could purchase and enjoy a fine cigar right there inside the restaurant.
Then the government outlawed smoking in restaurants.
The Clarmont took a hit but soldiered on.
Then the government subsidized ethanol, and the price of beef went up. Last year the corn crop was poor, and the price of animal-based protein rose even more.
Something had to give. And it wasn't the government. It was the Clarmont.