Katharina's Closes Only Months After New Location Opens
Well, that was fast.
Just months after its high-profile grand re-opening in a beautifully renovated historic Newport building, Katharina's Cafe-Konditorei is closed again.
This time, it appears, for good.
No explanation was given, but the closure was confirmed by a rep for Mansion Hill Properties, the Newport-based developer and owner of the building.
The River City News confirmed via state records that Katharina's liquor licenses expired on November 30 and were not renewed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A spokesperson for the state department that oversees such licenses could not be immediately reached Thursday afternoon.
The restaurant was previously located at Sixth and Overton Streets in Newport, and from the time it opened in 2014, it was a popular neighborhood spot, and was profiled by The River City News in 2015. The owners were active in the community, raising money for Newport Schools, as featured in The River City News.
In the summer of 2016, it was revealed that a historic building at 736 Washington Avenue was acquired by Mansion Hill. Coincidentally, Katharina's, whose original building had a new owner, needed a new place to operate.
The thorough and transformative renovation made way for a larger restaurant and event space. Katharina's reopened in June of this year.
Its last post on Facebook was November 28.
This story will be updated when more information is known.
-Michael Monks, editor & publisher
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