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.