Ponzi had a bad dream last night. Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, donning the robes of the grand inquisitor, had condemned a Tilted Kilt to the flames for imperiling the moral character of Evanstonians. “There’ll be no ogling scantily-clad waitresses in my town,” the grand inquisitor cried. Then Ponzi awoke and realized it was no dream.
Editor’s note: Assuming the Tilted Kilt had generated the $2 million in gross revenue projected by building owner Ted Mavrakis, and assuming half that revenue came from liquor sales, Evanston would have taken in $40,000 a year in sales tax revenue and $60,000 in liquor tax revenue from the business, plus some hard-to-estimate increase in property taxes on the building and some spin-off revenue from purchases in Evanston by the business’s projected 150 employees.