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Mahogany's owner wants to be judged by her food not her credit history

Liz Rogers, the embattled owner of Mahogany's restaurant says she feels like she's been the target of a witch hunt.

Rogers spoke publicly for the first time Thursday on the Lincoln Ware radio show. Rogers says she's received far more scrutiny than other business owners who've gotten loans from the city, but she insists she has nothing to hide. "I've been going through the for 12 months...you know with the credit process and everything....I've been very transparent with the city....its nothing new."

Rogers says the only people she owes an explanation to are the city officials who approved her loan. You can't possibly answer to every allegation....and really you're watching the news and we're really reporting that someone owes a couple of hundred dollars or a thousand....really?"                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Christie Bryant, board chair of the Cincinnati African American Chamber of  Commerce says some of the criticism against Rogers has racial overtones. "On the blogs, on some of the talk radio shows this has turned into a we don't want a black business on the banks...black people won't support this business...we don't want white people to support Mahogany's on the banks." 

Rogers says Mahogany's enjoys a diverse clientele and she urges the public to let her food speak for itself.  "Even if you're not for me, you're against me at least come and try my food and judge me by my food...don't judge me by something that I owe....as long as I don't owe you."

Rogers says she wants to put all the controversy about her finances behind her and focus her attention on opening her soul food restaurant at the Banks in May.

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