Flooding impacts riverfront restaurant business

The still flooded Ohio River has lead to a drying-up of business at some waterfront restaurants.

"It's like we sit around and wait for a few months during the winter and wait for the springtime to get hear and really enjoy the weather and the waterfront piece of property that we have here," Don Pablo restaurant General Manager Maurice Smith said. "But right now we're not able to do that."

The grills may be sizzling at Don Pablo's but business is not so hot right now with the river still well over its banks.

"Today people are wondering whether or not we're even open with the water as high as it is," Smith said.

Down the street, Hooters and the Beer Cellar remain closed due to high waters.

"We just drove by there and it's awful," Donna Branch said. "It's been like that for a week."

Branch took advantage of a break in the rain Wednesday to enjoy a little outside dinning on Don Pablo's back patio.

"It was sunny earlier but I think that's gone for the day," she admitted looking up at the increasingly cloudy sky.

Branch is just the kind of customer riverside restaurants are relying on.

"We were heading out to Myers and I thought 'Let's see if they're sitting out down there'," she shared.

"I would say that they probably get more business because people want to see this stuff," customer Walter Dye said. "It's a tourist attraction, you know what I mean? That's the only reason we're here."

Smith says customers like Dye are rare, however, in this weather.

"Anytime the springtime comes around our sales increase dramatically but right now with the weather the way it is it's almost like its still winter out here," Smith said.

He says sales are down fifty percent and says they are waiting on the sun to come out, hoping it will draw out the crowds.