If you thought you would die without Pergola's flatbread and humus then fear not as you can now buy it at the Pub and sit on the patio and enjoy. The hours for food will be from 5 o'clock until late. The menu includes several types of burgers, chicken sandwiches, and a couple types of pizzas and now provides another dining choice in Fort Thomas. And if the weather cools off another outdoor dining option.
Speaking of outdoor dining options, I do like the new wider sidewalks along the Midway and they now can accomodate diners or happy hours but it is dangerously close to street. Here is a picture I took with a few friends the other night at the Midway which should give you some perspective. (Apologies to John Homer and Marc Kirschenbaum - this was the best picture I had)
The City Continues Anti-business Actions
I have also heard complaints from business owners along the new streetscape of the Midway that they are being told to close down the patios at 10pm by the Fort Thomas Police to enforce the city's noise restrictions. 10pm? really? During the summer (which is when these new patios are most in use) there is sometimes even still sunlight left at dusk at 10pm.
While streetscapes make the area look nice it alone does not create a vibrant business community. It must be accompanied by rules and regulations that support businesses and this is a great example of such a code that absolutely kills the culture of fun that could be created with expanded patios for our local businesses.
A great example of where this worked well is in Olde Montgomery (pictured above). When they renovated their main street several years ago they even built in a small performance pavilion at the intersection of Cooper and Montgomery Roads for live prformances. This is now a key part of the life and activity that you can see when you walk among the shops - and well past 10pm. A 10 o'clock curfew for fun not only doesn't support businesses like the Midway, Fort Thomas Pizza, and the Pub but also kills the very atmosphere that you would want along your business district.
This rediculousness along with other anti-business codes such as the requiremnt to complete additional off-street parking has to be changed if the city wants a real return on their streetscape investment. Otherwise we just wasted millions of tax payer dollars to put a nice facade on the status quo.