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Mt. Adams Faces Competition
Mt. Adams restaurants and bars see business fall off after dozens of new venues pop up at the banks and in Over-the-Rhine.
A member of the Mt. Adams Business Association says over the past two or three years business has dropped 20-40 percent at some locations.
Angela Ingram shows how some are reinventing to keep up with the competition.
I didn't get the impression that business was bad, but rather it just isn't as busy as it used to be. People who live in the area say, no matter what happens at the bottom of the hill, Mt. Adams still has unique restaurants and bars to draw in business. Couples and families hanging out in Mt. Adams have a variety of bar and restaurant choices, all within walking distance of each other.
Briana Kelly, Teak Thai Cuisine:
"Mt. Adams is beautiful and we have everything. There are all sorts of different restaurants here, beautiful bars, the Blind Lemon. I mean casual like Mt. Adams Bar and Grill. You know the service up here is fantastic."
But these days, competition down the hill is stiffer. "The Banks" right near Great American Ballpark overflows with customers, especially on game days.
And Over-the-Rhine's new restaurants and bars have been taking some of the business that Mt. Adams used to see.
Kelly Payton, Mt. Adams Resident:
"It's still busy on Fridays and Saturdays, but throughout the week, it's a little calmer up here. I live up here, so it's kind of good for me in a way."
A member of the Mt. Adam's Business Association says some bars and restaurants have seen a 20-40 percent drop in business over the past two years.
There's even talk in the city that a trackless trolley could better connect the neighborhood to other venues.