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Owner: Mahogany's not a good fit for The Banks, looking to relocate

Mahogany's owner, Liz Rogers, say the restaurant is not a good fit for The Banks, and is looking to relocate (Photo: FOX19/Lindsey Wopschall) Mahogany's owner, Liz Rogers, say the restaurant is not a good fit for The Banks, and is looking to relocate (Photo: FOX19/Lindsey Wopschall)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Mahogany's owner, Liz Rogers, say the restaurant is not a good fit for The Banks, and is looking to relocate.

"We find that are we in midst of a climate that is not conducive for our business here at The Banks," said Rogers during a media conference about the future of Mahogany's. 

The restaurant, which used nearly $1 million in tax payer loans and grants to open in 2012 was closed by the state from August 26 to 29 due to unpaid sales tax.

[Related: Mahogany's landlord files eviction notice]

Rogers says she will meet the restaurants obligations, continuing to work with the City of Cincinnati and the Landlord to pay her debt, and will remain until she is evicted on Friday, while implementing re-location plans.

The city could prevent the eviction by paying Mahogany's debt. At this time the city says they have no plans to do so.

Two members of the black community in Avondale, K.V. Smith, of Corinthian Baptist Church, and Ennis

Tait, President of Avondale Concerned Clergy, say attention Mahogany's has received is an injustice.

The men question why the business has had about 400 articles written about the restaurant since it's opening, specifically during its failure.

"The black community is not going to stand for an African American business to be put on the front page and how to do business. We have done everything we needed to do to create a successful business. She (Liz Rogers) has done everything she has needed to do to set a professional presentation.

"However, the way this has been handled is an injustice to her. It is an injustice to the black community," said Tait.

Councilmember Wendell Young, disagrees all the attention Rogers and the restaurant is receiving is because she's African American, but he is sad to see her go.

"I am not happy that there is no longer an African American presence at The Banks. I think that's extremely important," he said. 

Rogers is looking for a new location. It's too early to tell where the restaurant will end up, however the non-profit 3CDC did meet with her about moving to Over-The-Rhine.

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