Jeff Ruby's Waterfront restaurant sideswiped by barge on Ohio River

COVINGTON, Ky. -- A crane barge being pushed down the Ohio River Thursday sideswiped Jeff Ruby's Waterfront restaurant - an accident that's happened before.

A spokesperson for Ruby said he's out of town, and that no one was inside the restaurant because the building is undergoing repairs. The time when the barge clipped Waterfront was unclear late Thursday afternoon.

Damage to Waterfront is minor.

The barge that made contact with Waterfront was one of six on the water at the time of the accident, the spokesperson said.

As Ruby's tweet says, Waterfront has had its share of setbacks since being parked in Covington.

Earlier in June, Ruby released plans for a new Waterfront restaurant - one that is on land rather than floating in the river. The restaurateur decided he'd spent enough time chasing his restaurant down the river, and was ready for a secured space that would stay put.

"We've been hit by runaway barges. We've been hit by a runaway iceberg. We've sunk, and we've had other things, too," Ruby said. "It's time to say, 'Enough is enough.'"

The restaurant's second unscheduled ride down the river last February came after it had been towed to the Covington Landing.

PHOTOS: Waterfront drifts downriver on Feb. 6, 2014

Heavy ice on the river and high water broke it free, causing a scare for workers on board before it crossed the river and landed ashore on the Ohio side, stopping at the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge.

Ice from the Licking River was blamed for smashing into the Waterfront and nearly breaking it completely free. Maintenance workers Steve Poe and Bob Fogle were on board, and almost fell into the icy water when the boat set sail.

“I got hold of the rail and it wasn’t 10 seconds after I got on the boat that the ramp fell down in the river," Poe said. "I’ve been down on this river for about 14 years now, so I knew it was time to get off. I just couldn’t make it. I was ready for a boat ride, my biggest fear was going down river riding it out.”

Ruby said the dining boat broke away and hit the bridge for the first time in 2011, with 120 people on board.

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