DAYTON — The Oregon District restaurant that operated for 15 years as Cafe Boulevard and Boulevard Haus is now closed permanently, after it was foreclosed upon and its owner imprisoned for insurance fraud.
The building that houses the restaurant and bar at 329 and 333 E. Fifth St. will soon go up for sale, according to Dayton attorney Matthew C. Sorg. Sorg was appointed receiver for the property by Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Dennis J. Adkins following the foreclosure action filed by PNC Bank. The bank claimed restaurant owner Eva Christian and corporate entities tied to Christian’s second restaurant — the now-defunct Cena Brazilian Steakhouse in Miami Twp. — owed the bank nearly $219,000 plus interest from a 2006 mortgage loan.
Christian, who founded and owned the Oregon District restaurant throughout its 15-year tenure, was convicted May 22 of five felony counts — including a first-degree felony count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity — related to two incidents of insurance fraud. Montgomery County prosecutors say Christian faces deportation upon her scheduled release from prison in 2021.
Christian is appealing the conviction, although the attorney she retained to represent her in the appeal, Marshal Lachman of Springboro, requested to withdraw from the case last week. Lachman asked that a court-appointed attorney take over the case, noting that appeals court judges’ refusal to free Christian pending the outcome of her appeal “has made it impossible for (Christian) to meet her financial obligation agreed upon in this case and continue with retained counsel.”
The criminal case revolved around break-ins and a fire during 2009 that Christian reported and which prosecutors said were staged in order to collect insurance money: one break-in at her Washington Twp. home and a reported vandalism and fire at Cena.
In the foreclosure action, Sorg has asked the judge to expand the scope of his receivership beyond the real estate to include equipment and inventory left behind when the restaurant closed, according to court documents. The request was made so Sorg would have the authority to clean the building of spoiled food, dispose of opened liquor bottles according to state liquor control policies, and return soda equipment and empty kegs to vendors, the receiver’s motion said.