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Looks Like a New Bar & Grill is Coming to Downtown Covington

A new bar and restaurant is coming to downtown Covington's Roebling Point neighborhood, according to the agendas for an upcoming urban design review board meeting and Tuesday's city commission meeting.

On Tuesday, the Covington City Commission will consider an agreement with Blue Sox Bar & Grille, LLC to allow for outdoor dining and certain improvements to the public right of way at Park and Court Streets.

The address for the operation is 302 Court Street, which would place it inside the historic Citizens Telephone Building, across the street from the Kenton County Administration Building. According to Tuesday's agenda, which was released late Friday afternoon, the company hopes to mirror the sidewalk improvements outside of Keystone Bar & Grill which would include wider sidewalks, brick pavers, new street trees, and new catch basins. No parking spaces would be affected, the agenda stated. 

The plans will also go before the city's urban design review board on Monday, June 20. According to that agenda, Blue Sox Bar & Grille, LLC will do business as Smoke Justis. Items up for consideration include streetscape alterations, steps construction, and signage. 

The Covington Blue Sox were a short-lived professional baseball team that played in the Frontier League for roughly two months in the early 1900's. Though the team's history is short, it has seen a resurgence of interest among modern Covingtonians with a documentary film and popular hats and jackets sold downtown. Walt "Smoke" Justis played for the Blue Sox (and the Kansas City Packers, which the Blue Sox were known as when the team bolted mid-season for Missouri).

The Citizens Telephone Building recently underwent a renovation.

-Staff report

Photo: Citizens Telephone Building (via Kenton PVA)

Slideshow Images & Captions: 
Walt "Smoke" Justis