America's Best Restroom is in St. Louis Ice Cream Parlor

The public has voted and the Fountain on Locust in St. Louis has been named the place with "America's Best Restroom" for 2010.

The facilities at the vintage ice cream parlor were recognized for their hand-painted murals, ornate fixtures and designer mirrors.

"We are absolutely thrilled and honored to have been chosen by the public as having the Best Restrooms in America," says Joy Christensen, owner of the Fountain on Locust.

"We put a lot of thought and effort into the design and construction, and we are certain that many of our customers come back because they know our bathrooms are not just unique but also clean."

She adds the national recognition means a lot to the restaurant's staff.

In its 9th year, the contest attracted nominations of public restrooms from a cross-section of businesses including restaurants, hotels and theaters. Ten finalists were selected and the public invited to vote for their favorite restroom online.

The contest is sponsored by Cintas Corporation, a leading provider of restroom hygiene products and services. The company says tens of thousands of votes were cast.

In second place was the restroom at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, done up with Italian Carerra marble and bronze and crystal chandeliers. The third place spot went to the Beaux Arts design bathrooms at New York''s Bryant Park.

Photo, Fountain on Locust
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