OWS manages to shut down a business

Score another major victory for the Time Magazine Persons of the Year. The relentless Occupy Wall Street crusaders for equality, social justice, and the rights of the downtrodden 99% have finally managed to deliver a stinging message to the rich and powerful. No longer will the little guy be opressed, now that they’ve managed to shut down the well heeled, big money, fat cat people at… the Milk Street Cafe?

Milk Street Cafe, the restaurant whose business dried up in the face of the Occupy Wall Street barricades, is shutting down.

Thursday will be the last day for the 23,000 square-foot eatery that opened at 40 Wall St. in June, the Daily News has learned.

“It’s terribly sad,” Milk Street Cafe owner Marc Epstein told the News.

Epstein blamed the barricades that remained in front of his restaurant even after the Occupy Wall Street protestors were removed from Zuccotti Park.

“This is now the 12th straight week of the barricades,” he said.

Epstein already had to lay off 21 of his workers in October, and now the remaining 70 waiters, waitresses, cooks and bus boys will head for the unemployment office. Apparently the eatery had only just opened this summer, but almost immediately saw nearly all of their business driven away by a lack of foot traffic, safety concerns, and the rest of the fallout from the squatters in Zuccotti Park.

This must be a proud day indeed for the Occupy movement. Not only do they manage to shut down the flow of goods from the ports to shopping centers during the Christmas buying season, but they succeed in closing down a start-up business that was providing nearly 100 jobs. That should really teach those investment bankers and stock brokers a thing or two, eh?

A brief artistic interlude to honor the moment.

Remind me again exactly who is running the asylum at this point?

Jazz Shaw May 16, 2022 12:41 PM ET