The Empty Bottle

The Empty Bottle is a bar and music venue located at 1035 N. Western Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Located on the west side of Chicago's Ukrainian Village neighborhood, the venue hosts local and touring alternative music acts, but hosts acts ranging from indie-rock, metal, rock'n'roll, hip-hop, electronic and jazz; the venue was opened by Bruce Finkelman in 1992 a simple neighborhood bar. In 1993 the club moved two blocks from its original location; the venue owns a connected restaurant next door called Bite Cafe. The Empty Bottle hosts performances every night; as of 2018, Bruce Finkelman and Craig Golde, through their firm 16” on Center, own, co-own, and/or co-operate several music venues, including The Empty Bottle, The Promontory, Evanston S. P. A. C. E. Sonotheque, Thalia Hall, all in and near Chicago. Finkeleman and Golde are affiliated with several other restaurants and bars, both at those music venues and free-standing, including Bite Cafe, Dusek's, Longman & Eagle; the offices of indie record label.

In August 2009, The Empty Bottle lost "Radley", its house cat of nearly 20 years, much loved by staff and musicians."The Empty Bottle Chicago: 21+ Years of Music / Friendly / Dancing, a 200-page oral history......local indie publisher Curbside Splendor," edited by John E. Dugan with an introduction by John Darnielle, was released in June 2016. "The book's subtitle references the words on the canopy over the club's front door." Official website

Zoe Motors

Zoe Motors, Inc. a subsidiary of Zoe Products Inc. was an early-1980s automotive company based in California and best known for its Zoe Zipper three-wheeled microcar. Zoe was publicly traded on the NASDAQ as ZOEP and ZOEP. PK, although the company is no longer active today. In addition to the Zipper, Zoe's products included the Zoe Runner. Zoe should be pronounced to rhyme with Maui rather than with joey. Zoe Motors' best-known product was its Zoe Zipper vehicle, a small three-wheeled single-seat car based on a 50 cc Honda motorcycle engine, it was manufactured by Mitsuoka Motors of Japan, introduced there in 1982 and made its American debut the following year in 1983, where Zoe had distribution and branding rights to the vehicle. In the US, the Zipper could be considered a motorcycle for registration and insurance purposes, making it somewhat simpler to own than a full-sized car; the Zipper was sold in a hardtop model. The Zipper had angular styling inspired by Giorgetto Giugiaro's "folded paper" automotive designs seen on other early-1980s cars such as the DeLorean and the Lotus Esprit.

In terms of performance, the Zipper had 5 hp of power and reached speeds of 45 mph, with considerable fuel economy of 112 miles per gallon. It ran on regular gasoline; the single best remembered part of the Zipper outside auto-enthusiast circles was its appearance as a prize on the TV game show The Price Is Right. Neither host Bob Barker nor announcer Johnny Olson could keep from giggling when the incredulous contestant asked "What is that?" and "It's a car?!" She did win it, after enthusiastically hugging and kissing Barker, Barker quipped "If you want some affection, just give a lady a three-wheeled vehicle!" According to the show, the Zipper cost $3785. The Zipper was not successful in the United States. Numerous factors contributed to its lack of success; the name and design were perceived as too "cutesy" by the general public. Problematic was the one-seat design common to microcars, which limited its usefulness as a general-purpose vehicle: most motorcycles are able to accept a second person as a passenger.

The price, while low for a car, was not so low that consumers were willing to give up the convenience of a second seat. A four-seat Yugo, for example, boasted a $3990 price in the mid-80s, just more than the Zipper. Mitsuoka does still manufacture microcars in Japan with four wheels and different styling. Built upon the same 50 cc Honda motorcycle engine as the Zipper but otherwise not resembling it at all, the Zoe Little Giant was a truck, advertised as a "all purpose mini-utility truck" and similar to the baggage carts seen at airports but smaller. According to Zoe sales literature, it had a payload of half a ton. With an open doorless cab, it was unsuitable for street driving, it sold for about $6000 and was released at the same time as the Zipper. At the time of the Zoe Zipper launch, Zoe was headed by chairman James MacPherson. Dan Levitan of Dollar Rent-a-Car, was executive vice president. Public relations were handled by the Joseph Molina company, which specialises in the automotive and motorsports with clients such as Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini.

Rees, Chris - Three-Wheelers, From Morgan to Messerschmitt, Benz to Bond and Beyond Mitsuoka Motors of Japan Microcar site with a Zoe Zipper picture