New Cafe that Caters to Cyclists Proposed for Bromley
Jason Perry and his business partner Aaron Hedrick came to Bromley City Council on Wednesday night to present an abbreviated business plan for a Key Note Cafe that would be located at 18 Pike Street in Bromley.
The building was previously home to Simpler Times, which closed earlier this year.
Perry and Hedrick wanted to test the waters, so to speak, to see if council would be agreeable to the idea of a family-oriented cafe that would the cyclists who frequent Route 8.
"It is zoned IP so your business doesn't fit that zone," said Councilwoman Gail Smith. "Conditional use hasn't worked for us in the past. If we did conditional use the restrictions would have to be very strict."
"I am from Ludlow, and we have been looking at places for our restaurant, and parking in Covington is a nightmare," said Perry. "I am the oldest of 7, and I have five kids, and Aaron has kids, too, so we wanted to have a place where families could go. The other places in the city are mostly bars where people can drink all day, and we wanted an alternative."
He went on to say that he wanted to start simple, because they have a shoestring budget. He said they want to shoot for March 1 to open, and they hope to do weddings and rehearsal dinners down the line.
"I want to make it convenient for the cyclists who pass through the city, so they can press an app on their phones, stop at our shop and pick up carryout and be on their way quickly," explained Perry. "I am expecting word on our financing this week."
"I think it is a positive sign," said councilwoman Dixie Meyer. "I don't think we should fight new businesses tooth and nail. We need something family-oriented. I would support it."
Councilman Kaleb Miller agreed. Since they wanted to open the business sooner rather than later, a conditional use was considered the best way to start, since it would let the opening happen sooner, but council agreed that they could consider a zone change also.
"We want to bring something different to the city, and draw in people from other cities," said Perry. "If you bring good food here, people will come."
Gail Smith told him he still needed to submit a more extensive business plan, along with drawings. Perry said he had drawings but he didn't want to lay out all his intellectual property and then have council turn him down and let someone else have the property but he gave his information to the mayor and promised to turn in a business plan.
Mayor Donnie Jobe gave a report on the money that was awarded to the city by the state thanks to efforts by Rep. Arnold Simpson. Jobe believes that the funds were diverted to the county the knowledge of Mayor Jobe or the council.
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-"We have had a dispute with the county over the $500,000 that Arnold Simpson earmarked for Main Street since January," explained Jobe. "My predecessor signed over $190,000 to the county for work on Bromley Crescent Springs Road, and since he didn't tell anyone about the money, the rest of it was going to be used and was under contract for the same area. Arnold (Simpson) asked me about the money at a meeting, or I wouldn't have known about it. After talking with the county and Kentucky Department of Transportation District 6, me, (City Attorney) Kim (Vocke), Gail (Smith), and Joe (Schutzman) got it taken care of. The contract was canceled and the remaining money will come back to the city so we can redo Main Street, the entire length."
Jobe went on to say he has gotten some bids and a lot of information and hopes to have the project started very soon. Duke will come and put in the decorative electrical poles and then the whole street will be resurfaced and new sidewalks will be put in. They also hope to eventually purchase property at the corner of Main Street and Bromley-Crescent Springs Road to tear it down and leave it as green space, and put a digital sign up to introduce people to the City of Bromley. He said because the money is not the city's money, they don't have to advertise for bids and that saves time since the project has to be completed by June 30 of next year.
-Councilman Kaleb Miller reported that they have new steps for the playground equipment at the park.
-Council discussed what to do about the 14-year old playground equipment, and it was decided to purchase new plastic parts at a cost of $9,500, which will come out of next year's budget.
-Council passed a resolution to adopt a hazard mitigation plan with help from the Northern Kentucky Area Development District. They also voted to spend no more than $200 on bows to decorate the city and voted to pay two-thirds of a tax bill which was sold by the county clerk on the Traft property and resulted in a lien on the property. In paying part of the bill, they can hopefully put the property back on the tax rolls in January.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor