RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – A campaign video released by the Romney campaign Thursday blames President Obama’s policies for the closing of Richmond-restaurant Bill’s Barbecue.
In the video, Bill’s Barbecue President Rhoda Elliot talks about growing up at the family-owned restaurant. Elliot then talks about the reasons why, after more than 80 years in business, the restaurant closed.
“When President Obama took office there was a lot of hope that things were going to change. Well, he didn’t change anything,” she said in the video. “There are more people on unemployment today and that’s because the small businesses are failing because we can’t make it. Things have not changed, the pattern is no different now except for worse than it was four years ago. We can’t stand four more years like it is today.”
In September 2012, when the closure was announced, a press release from the company’s attorney said that the economy during the past five years, market changes and the high cost of upgrading operations made it too difficult for the company to continue.
Additionally, the past decade in Richmond has seen a lot of new stores enter the barbecue market.
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