Friday, August 11, 2000

Landmark restaurant to close

By Jeff McKinney
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Window Garden, a landmark restaurant on Cincinnati's west side for 64 years, will close Aug. 20.

        The restaurant at 3077 Harrison Ave. in Westwood was most recently known as a dining and social spot for elderly customers.

        But an aging customer base, a declining business district and a desire by owner David Pavlik to hang up the spatula after 28 years in the food business prompted the restaurant's closing.

        The Window Garden, one of the last Cincinnati restaurants to serve a beverage free with a meal, could no longer face the challenges of thriving in a changing business district, Mr. Pavlik said. He bought the restaurant in 1973. “We have an old-fashioned restaurant in a new-fashioned world,” he said. “It's a bittersweet thing ... to have to close.”

        Mr. Pavlik said none of his three sons wanted to take over the business.

        He also had tried to sell the property for three years. He said the site will be placed on the market.


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