Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump may have suckered the cable news networks into covering the grand opening of his new hotel in Washington, but it doesn't appear to have helped him.
Prices at Trump's hotel have already been cut in half and virtually no one is eating at the restaurant.
On Tuesday, the place seemed eerily empty. You could book a room for next weekend for less than $400. A week ago, the minimum rate was twice that. [...]
The restaurant is BLT Prime by David Burke, a second choice because the Washington restaurateur José Andrés backed out of his agreement to open a Spanish-Japanese eatery after Mr. Trump’s immigrant-bashing campaign kickoff speech. At lunchtime on a recent weekday, 17 people were eating in a space that seats 120. Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post’s restaurant critic, titled his review “Gilded Touches on Yet Another Steakhouse.”
The Times spoke to a waiter who boasted that there will be "thousands" of holiday parties booked at the hotel, but it appears that no one has actually booked any pertinent dates yet.
One wonders when Trump's next bankruptcy filing will arrive.