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The Varsity Theater’s restroom is among 10 vying for the honor in a national online poll conducted by Cintas.

Matt Gilmer, Star Tribune

The Varsity Theater’s restroom was called “an Alice in Wonderland-like grotto.”

Matt Gillmer • matt.gillmer@startribune.com,

A Dinkytown restroom is in the running for No. 1 in nation

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH
  • Star Tribune
  • November 1, 2013 - 8:55 PM

There is one public restroom in the Twin Cities that is so flush with luxury that it is in the running as the nation’s best.

The Varsity Theater’s restroom is among 10 vying for the honor in a national online poll conducted by Cintas, a major supplier of products for public facilities.

The company put up 10 nominees for King of the Throne and then online voters took over from there. Polling ends Thursday.

Here’s some of what online voters read about the loo in Dinkytown:

“The restroom, decorated with ornate, gilded mirrors, sassy text plates, and bricks laid as if by a drunken mason on bender, invites guests into an Alice In Wonderland-like grotto — to relieve themselves and relive childhood fairy tales. One part old-fashioned powder room one part lounge, this restroom allows concertgoers to take a break in an area from which one can still view and hear the stage. Bartenders even serve drinks over the back counter into the restroom area, offering a VIP experience to every guest.”

This is the 12th year for the commode competition. Cintas said it does not limit the nominees to its client base.

The winner will be announced in mid-November. The Field Museum in Chicago was the 2012 champ.

To see the nominees, visit www.bestrestroom.com.

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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