The Saline Journal (Saline KS) 4 Oct 1993
16 Monday, October 4,1993 Rush rooms Limbaugh's show draws business to restaurants By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - Lunch is served two ways at Blackie's House of Beef - with Rush Limbaugh or without. The meat-and-potatoes restaurant about a mile from the White House is one of a growing number nationwide to feature a "Rush Room," where the faithful can dine without missing the blustery conservative talk show host's midday radio show. They're listening to Rush over ribs at Barbecue Shack in Florence, Ky., and over bratwurst at Bernkastel Festhaus in Daytona Beach, Fla. At Taste of Texas, a Houston steak joint, he's piped in to diners on individual speakers at each table. At Blackie's, as Limbaugh rails loudly over the sound system, cus-- tomers sit in a room decorated with red-white-and-blue bunting and listen quietly, munching on burgers and steak. There are fax machines set up for them to send their views to the show, although on this day the machines sat dormant. Limbaugh isn't for everyone. Many find his remarks about "environmentalist wackos," "feminazis" and "commie libs" more than a little offensive. That's why Blackie's only seats people in the Rush Room if they request it. Those who do are diehard fans— or, in Limbaugh lingo, dittoheads. Most find it a heady experience to be around others who talk the Rush talk. Bill Bates of Olney, Md., loves the guy. So when his friends threw him a 60th birthday party recently, they knew just where to hold it. WHAT'S BEEF? ENJOY LUNCH VfffM VWR FAVORITE WflTYl Jffl The Associated Press Dave Polston leaves Blackie's House of Beef, Washington, D.C., where Rush Limbaugh's program Is broadcast at lunch. Bates, who sat at a table covered with wrapping paper and presents, beamed as he talked about the experience. "I think it's wonderful, because I am a great Rush admirer," Bates said. "It's so comforting to think that somebody in the public eye like Rush believes in what we do." His best birthday present: a calendar counting down the Clinton presidency. Only 210 more weeks to go, promises the first entry on Inauguration Day. Rush Rooms started springing up spontaneously in 1990. Since then, Rush has plugged some on the radio and on his TV show. "The Rush Room in Washington, we're very proud of it," said Kit Carson, Limbaugh's chief of staff. "We get faxes and letters from it all the time. "And they serve red meat. Of course, we're all for that." Three offensive linemen for the Green Bay Packers — Rich Marin, Ken Ruettgers and Harry Galbreath — have an unofficial Rush Room in their locker room, where they listen to him regularly on a boom box. "It's nice to know there are so many people out there who know the truth," said Joan Schnabel, a Bethesda, Md., homemaker who listens to Rush every day. Schnabel, Beaumont and other Rush Roomers share Rush's disdain for — among other things — President Clinton, environmentalists, multiculturalists, avid feminists, Congress and "the liberal media."