Mike Fink Riverboat leaving Covington Riverfront, officials say

COVINGTON, Ky. -- The iconic Mike Fink Riverboat will leave the Covington Riverfront after being docked in the city for more than 35 years, according to officials.

Owner Jimmy Bernstein and city officials decided to move the riverboat by the end of the year.

The decision was part of an initiative to improve the area around the Landing, where the north end of Madison Avenue meets the Ohio River. The Landing will also be home to the Jeff Ruby Waterfront Restaurant when it reopens.

A new gateway to the Riverfront will be place at the end of Greenup Street where Mike Fink is currently located.

"The Mike Fink Riverboat and Restaurant presented charm and fine dining, as well as a glimpse into Covington's wonderful history relating to riverboat culture. We hope the Mike Fink will be part of Covington's renaissance," said Covington Mayor Sherry Carran in a release.

The Mike Fink Riverboat was a restaurant that closed in 2008. The restaurant was set to reopen by Opening Day 2013, but plans fell through in February after a partnership dissolved.

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