Montgomery Inn closes Ft. Mitchell location in fallout over Christ Hospital surgical center

Posted: 2:45 PM, Jul 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-01 20:48:02Z

FT. MITCHELL, Ky. -- A surgical center isn't the only casualty of Christ Hospital's stalled or failed bid to enter Northern Kentucky: A classic barbecue restaurant is going by the wayside, too.

Montgomery Inn announced Sunday it would close its Fort Mitchell location immediately after 17 years in business.

The restaurant was on property along Buttermilk Pike that Christ Hospital bought three years ago.

Christ planned to redevelop the site, formerly a Drawbridge Inn. But St. Elizabeth Health protested, saying the facility wasn't needed. A Franklin County Circuit Court judge agreed, handing down a ruling against Christ  last month.

Montgomery Inn Vice President Evan Andrews said the restaurant hopes to reestablish a location in Northern Kentucky if Christ receives approval for its development.

Many of the employees from the Fort Mitchell location will be able to keep their jobs, according to Andrews. He directed customers to Montgomery Inn's two other locations, on the Cincinnati riverfront and in Montgomery.