From today's Cincinnati Enquirer:
Kona Bistro in Oakley announced today that its last day of operation will be next Wednesday. The restaurant opened at its 3012 Madison Road location in 2003.
An e-mail message to people on the restaurant’s mailing list said, “From all of the staff, management, servers, cooks, bartenders,and hosts, we want to thank you for five great years in the Oakley community.”
The message said the restaurant decided not to renew the lease on the Oakley location.
“With the serious downturn in the economy and the slow future forecasts for independent restaurants, it is much too risky to sign another five-year lease at this time. We are choosing to focus on our Oxford location (High Street) for the time being.”
“We have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Oakley’s revitalization and we hope that you will still choose to support this wonderful community that we have grown to enjoy.”
The restaurant also announced that it is selling dining room chairs, wine racks and kitchen equipment from its Oakley location in an online auction that closes Jan. 4. Information on the auction is at www.worleyauctioneers.com.
The restaurant’s final hours of operation: today, 11a.m.-3 p.m.; Friday (closed); Saturday-next Wednesday, 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.