One of Newport on the Levee's Original Tenants Closes Abruptly

Mitchell's Fish Market is closed at Newport on the Levee.

The seafood restaurant between Newport Aquarium and Barnes & Noble Booksellers was among the first businesses to open at the Levee when the entertainment destination opened eighteen years ago.

A notice on the front of the restaurant indicated that it had shut down and reports indicate that the fish statue that stood outside Mitchell's has been removed. It was later reported that the restaurant's lease had expired and the business opted to close.

Newport on the Levee is now seeking feedback from the public on what should go in the space, or at the Levee overall, as it begins planning for its renovations.

Mitchell's last shut down temporarily in 2017 after the Northern Kentucky Health Department revoked its food service permit following violations, including a lack of hot water for than a week.

The restaurant eventually reopened after making required changes.

The closing of Mitchell's comes on the heels of the sale of Newport on the Levee to Cincinnati-based North American Properties, which bought the site for $100 million and announced that it plans to invest an additional $100 million.

It was unclear why Mitchell's closed the location. Its other nearby location, in West Chester, Oh., remains open.

-Staff report