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Sky Galley, set to close, will be saved by city — as long as it cleans up its act

Posted at 2:04 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 20:31:16-05

The city of Cincinnati could pay up to $100,000 to help Sky Galley restaurant stay open at Lunken Airport.

City Manager Patrick Duhaney wrote in an early December email that the decades-old restaurant’s lease agreement would be canceled. A Sept. 16 Cincinnati Health Department facility consultation identified several existing conditions that present a food safety risk. An inspection from the previous month found violations like flies, a dirty microwave and floors the inspection called "not smooth and cleanable."

But the city won’t force the restaurant to leave, spokesman Casey Weldon said Monday. Instead, it’s drawn up a new five-year lease agreement requiring owner Kirby Brakvill to fix it up.

If the agreement is approved by City Council, the city will kick in up to $100,000 toward the work, which includes replacing the floors, ensuring doors close tightly enough to keep out pests, replacing broken equipment, installing an additional hand-washing sink and implementing higher standards of cleanliness.

Covering the rest of the cost will be up to Brakvill.

Read the lease agreement, including the complete list of necessary repairs on page 13:

Sky Galley - Lease (2019) (Executed by Lessee) by WCPO Web Team on Scribd