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Montgomery Inn Closes Ft. Mitchell Location After Christ Hospital Denied

Montgomery Inn announced Sunday that it closed its Ft. Mitchell location effective immediately.

The well-known local chain had operated a Ft. Mitchell location for 17 years, but noted in a news release that the recent decision by a state judge to block Christ Hospital's expansion plans on nearby property as the reason it is shutting down.

"We sincerely appreciate the longstanding loyalty and patronage granted us by the entire Northern Kentucky community. We hope to reestablish roots in Northern Kentucky once the development gets the necessary approvals," the news release said.

Montgomery Inn sits on the property - home of the former and now-razed Drawbridge Inn - that Christ purchased three years ago with plans to construct a new ambulatory surgical center as an anchor to a new $135 million mixed-use development. 

Christ needed to obtain a Certificate of Need to establish the surgical center - a move fought by rival St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Christ was awarded a CON by the state Cabinet for Health & Family Services in a decision that was reversed by a judge in Franklin County.

Christ officials have not said what the health care company will do with the property it owns, or whether it will appeal the judge's decision.

Meanwhile, all references to the Ft. Mitchell location has been removed from Montgomery Inn's website. The restaurant will still operate at the original location in Montgomery, Oh., and its Boathouse on the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati.

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher

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