September 15, 2010
St. Louis Ice Cream Parlor's Restrooms Voted Nation's Best
Fountain on Locust Wins 9th Annual "Cintas America's Best Restroom Award
Cincinnati, OH. – The finest restrooms in America are in the Fountain on Locust in St. Louis, Mo. So says the Internet public who cast online ballots in the 9th annual “America’s Best Restroom” contest presented by Cincinnati-based Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS), a leading provider of restroom hygiene products and services.  High-resolution images of the winners’ facilities are available at
The 2010 contest attracted nominations from a wide cross-section of businesses, including restaurants, hotels and several theatres. Ten finalists were selected based on exceptional hygiene, style and open access to the public.  “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.  Earning this national recognition means a lot to our entire staff.”
“This contest is fun, but it also conveys a critical message that restroom hygiene matters - for good health and good business," said Cintas Senior Marketing Manager Rich Bing. "Cintas is proud to honor The Fountain on Locust, and we congratulate all of our participants this year."
Tens of thousands of votes were cast at the programís web site, which produced the following results:
First Place: The Fountain on Locust
St. Louis, Missouri

Known as the most photographed restaurant in St. Louis, the restroom in this vintage ice cream parlor features hand-painted murals, ornate fixtures and designer mirrors.

Second Place: Grand America Hotel
Salt Lake City, Utah
Italian Carerra Marble, bronze and crystal chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling commodes, beautifully inlaid African Anegre Wood and hand- painted walls.
Third: Bryant Park
New York, New York
Beaux Arts design, full-time attendant, fresh cut flowers, scented oils and electronic seat covers.
Fourth: Embassy Theatre
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Egyptian design, fireplaces, gold columns and custom wainscoting.
Fifth: The Muse Hotel
Individual washrooms, each featuring customized fixtures, marble and mosaic tile.
The remaining finalists were: The China Grill at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas; Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kansas; Rivue Restaurant and Lounge in Louisville, Kentucky; Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California; and Joe’s Farm Grill in Gilbert, Arizona.
The Fountain on Locust received the coveted “America’s Best Restroom” plaque of recognition from Cintas during a special presentation today in St. Louis, and secured its place in the “America’s Best Restroom Hall of Fame” found at
The Cintas Corporation created the Best Restroom Award in 2001 to honor businesses across the country that maintain exceptional hygiene with style in their public restrooms. Previous winners include restrooms at the University of Notre Dame; The Grand Casino in Biloxi, Miss.; Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wis.; the Fort Smith, Arkansas Airport; Wendell’s Restaurant in Westerville, Oh.; Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield, Oh.; The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. and Shoji Tabuchi Theatre in Branson, Mo., the 2009 winner.
For more information about the Cintas Best Restroom Award and the ten finalists, contact the Survey Editor, Sabrina Zimring, at 757-338-7731.
About Cintas Corporation

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types, predominantly in the United States and Canada. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid and safety products, fire protection services and document management services for approximately 800,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a Nasdaq-100 company and component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Fortune Magazine has consistently listed Cintas as a "Most Admired Company" in its annual survey for the past nine consecutive years.

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