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Verbatim: Embassy Theatre in top 5 for America’s Best Public Restroom

Statement issued Thursday:

Public Voting Ends August 31 for Ninth Annual Awards Program

Cincinnati, Oh. – Who will win this year’s America’s Best Restroom Award? It’s hard to say. With little more than one month left to vote, the race is very close. This year’s ten finalists have established a new standard for restroom quality, with washrooms reflecting their proprietors’ sense of taste, flare and humor, featuring some of the world’s finest materials and customer comforts.

The public is invited to vote online through August 31, 2010 at

The site takes visitors on a photographic tour of each restroom and allows them to choose their favorite. The winner will be announced in September.

Top 5 – Current Standings:

Finalist & Current Ranking; Location; Restroom Features

Grand America Hotel - #1; Salt Lake City, Utah; Italian Carerra Marble, bronze and crystal chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling commodes, beautifully inlaid African Anegre Wood and hand- painted walls.

The Fountain on Locust - #2; St. Louis, Missouri; Hand-painted murals, ornate fixtures and designer mirrors.

Bryant Park - #3; New York, New York; Beaux Arts design, full-time attendant, fresh cut flowers, scented oils and electronic seat covers.

Embassy Theatre - #4; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Egyptian design, fireplaces, gold columns and custom wainscoting.

The Muse Hotel - #5; New York, New York; Individualized restrooms, each themed for a different Muse.

Joe’s Farm Grill in Gilbert, Arizona; China Grill at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada; Rivue Restaurant & Lounge in Louisville, Kentucky; Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kansas and the Santa Monica Pier in California remain in contention, but are currently in the bottom five (in no particular order).

While these finalists are all quite unique, they have one thing in common: all are exceptionally clean. Cintas Corporation created the Best Restroom award in 2002 to honor those businesses across America that place high value on hygiene and exceptional style in their public restrooms. Over the last eight years, the contest has attracted tens of thousands of voters. The 2010 winner will receive a plaque of recognition and a coveted place in America’s Best Restroom “Hall of Fame” section of the program’s Web site. Previous winners have included restrooms at the University of Notre Dame; The Grand Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi; Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; the Fort Smith, Arkansas Airport; Wendell’s Restaurant in Westerville, Ohio: Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield, Ohio, The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee and, in 2009, the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre in Branson, Missouri.

For more information about the Cintas Best Restroom Award IX and the ten finalists, contact the Survey Editor, David Brandt, at 757-456-5212.

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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