The beat goes on near the Niagara Falls bistro, Wine on Third. And on and on and on. What sounds like a marching band rendition of the University of Iowa fight song plays on a grating loop all evening, every evening from a vacant building across the street. Why remains anyone's guess, even after a flurry of media attention last week had theories flying. It wasn't the Iowa caucus. That came and went Monday with no change. It's probably not a die-hard Hawkeyes fan's stunt, given the 760 miles between the upstate New York city and the school, where a rep says there's been no explanation. Besides, it's not aimed at a sports bar: The restaurant patrons in question are interested in wines, not wins.
If "Smokin' Joe" Anderson, the owner of the offending building, has a beef with Wine on Third, its owners say he hasn't raised it. "We're assuming ... he's doing it to antagonize us, just because there's really not anything else around," says Eamon Weber, son of co-owner Sean Weber. Anderson did not return messages from the AP or other reporters. The spirited serenade seemed to begin just as the restaurant expanded its patio for the summer crowd, Weber said, which includes tourists to the city's namesake Niagara Falls. The timing, from 3-11pm seven days a week spans the restaurant's prime time. "The problem is not that it's excessively loud," says Mayor Paul Dyster of the music, which isn't believed to violate the city's noise ordinance. "It's that it's repetitious and annoying."