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One Covington Restaurant Closing to Make Way for Another

A restaurant in Covington is closing to make way for a new one.

Rima D's, or Rima's Diner, as it was originally known, is closing for good at the end of the month.

Owner Rima David stated on Facebook that she would be closing her namesake diner and leasing the building to Agave & Rye Tequila and Bourbon Hall, which promises "epic tacos".

David told The River City News that the space will be completely renovated. Frequent visitors to what had become a downtown Covington staple know Rima D's for its vast collection of 1950s Elvis adoration, along with photos and memorabilia of other matinee idols from that era. She closed her popular Crescent Springs location to devote all her attention to downtown Covington. 

Now, she's moving on to spend more time with her family, David said. And all those famous pieces on the wall are for sale.

The building is being leased with an option to buy, she said. Current employees have been encouraged to apply at the new restaurant, David said.

A message to Agave & Rye via Facebook was not immediately answered.

Its website promises a menu of thirteen taco varieties ("The Bee's Knees" features honey lime grilled chicken, roasted jalapeno, salsa fresca, cilantro, onion, and a crispy corn shell, while "The Swanky One" boasts ahi tuna poke, shredded Napa cabbage, pickled white onion, serrano aioli, guacamole, and a wonton shell, for example).

There will also be agave frozen lemonade, which can include tequila or bourbon.

The change marks the end for Rima's Diner, which opened in the former Gold Star Chili location in the late 2000s and closed. It reopened in 2013 amid the downtown Covington renaissance.

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher