Coventry Township Trustees are watching what happens to the closed Olde Harbor Inn Restaurant to see if a new tenant can be found for the historic waterfront building.
Township trustee Tom Seese tells AkronNewsNow " We're certainly hoping that they'll release it to somebody else. It's an historical operation here in the township and a great location so we're hoping that somebody will show some interest in it."
Seese says its important that a new business operator can be found soon . There's been a lot of activity there every day. There are people there so I'm hoping they find somebody quickly. It's not a good time to lease out that building because we're coming up on wintertime, and that's when it slows down," says Seese.
He says the buildings design may limit what it can be used for. " It's been a landmark so long I don't think it could be nothing else. It certainly couldn't be a hotel. It's got to be either a fine dining place, or a local eatery that will be busier than heck in the summer time."
Seese says the building's owners are from out of state but have a local representative to handle leasing the building.
Diners, employees and even government officials were caught off guard to find the local restaurant doors closed Wednesday, and late in the evening the owners posted a statement on their web site saying they were unable to continue operations due to "tough economic times" that "finally caught up with us.'
Some employees tell AkronNewsNow they had not been paid in three weeks, and owners informed staff members they were running out of money to keep the landmark restaurant, known for scenic waterfront dining, open.