Construction is bringing business to a standstill, says the manager of BrewRiver GastroPub

CINCINNATI – Though the city of Cincinnati has already spent millions making sure the East End doesn’t plunge into the Ohio River, building retaining walls on Riverside Drive could still send a nearby company underwater.

The waiters and chefs at BrewRiver GastroPub, which has been serving Cajun-inspired dishes and local beer on Riverside Drive 2062 since 2012, have been working in an almost constant cloud of dust since construction began in early 2017.

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Managing partner Joby Bowman said Thursday night the constant traffic and roadblocks had damaged the restaurant business so badly that there was a risk of closure.

“It started in March,” she said. “Our terrace was nowhere to be. There were bulldozers and lots of different kinds of equipment just hanging over us. It was dirty, nasty, smelly.”

They also lost parking and drive-by traffic to construction, Bowman said, and insurance couldn’t help it.

“In the city of Cincinnati, trade policy doesn’t cover landslides, and that includes business interruptions,” she said. “That was kind of a nail in the coffin. … We’re afraid what that might mean.”

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Bowman said she has invested hundreds of thousands of her own money since early 2017 to keep the deal open. Now she has very little left to continue financing the restaurant she opened with her late father.

“It would break me to lose it,” she said.

BrewRiver GastroPub seeks help from GoFundMe, where managers are hoping to raise $ 80,000 to cover rent, insurance, and other business expenses by the time construction is complete.

“It’s about saving us or not,” Bowman said. “I’m not going to by the bush. I have nothing else to draw from.”

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