Loveland's Tano Bistro reopens more than a year after fire

May 2017 fire destroyed beloved restaurant

LOVELAND, Ohio -- The May 2017 fire that destroyed Tano Bistro and damaged other businesses in historic downtown Loveland left a scar the size of a city block on the surrounding community. Even shops that hadn’t been touched by flames felt the drought of customers that followed -- at one point, craft store owner Jeanne Duke said it seemed as though shoppers believed the entire city had burned down.

If the downturn was contagious, however, Tano Williams believes a resurrection can be, too.

His restaurant reopened Wednesday after a 16-month closure and makeover that cost him millions. The renovated space is twice the size of the old restaurant and seats 200 people between its main dining room, rooftop terrace and private dining room.

“It feels great to be back,” Williams said. 

Little Miami River Chamber Alliance president CeeCee Collins said she believes it will be great for nearby businesses as well. 

"It's really exciting and revitalizing after such a tragedy," she said. 

The restaurant’s reopening celebration will feature new dishes, and proceeds from the event will benefit Loveland charities LIFE Food Pantry, NEST Community Learning Center and Loveland Legacy Fund.

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