Imprisoned restaurant owner loses bid to keep liquor license


Imprisoned restaurant owner loses bid to keep liquor license

Six weeks after failing to block the planned foreclosure sale of her former restaurant, former Boulevard Haus owner Eva Christian’s bid to keep the restaurant’s liquor license in her name also was denied by a judge.

Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Dennis J. Adkins granted a request from Dayton attorney Matthew Sorg, the court-appointed receiver in the foreclosure case, to include the liquor license in the assets that will be sold to help pay creditors. Christian — who is serving a nine-year prison sentence after her conviction on insurance fraud charges that she conspired to burn down her now-defunct Miami Twp. restaurant Cena and staged a break-in at her home to collect settlement money — filed a hand-written motion from the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville seeking to block the transfer of the liquor license.

“My personal name is on this liquor license,” Christian wrote. “I am asking the court … to leave my name on it, since I do not believe it can be considered an asset” for the purposes of the foreclosure action.

Judge Adkins, however, ruled that the liquor permit is in the name of Cafe Boulevard LLC, the predecessor restaurant to Boulevard Haus that also was owned and operated by Christian. The judge granted Sorg permission to transfer the license into his name and to subsequently transfer it into a new owner’s name when the property is sold.

Christian’s Oregon District restaurant operated for 15 years as Cafe Boulevard and Boulevard Haus at 329 E. Fifth St. in Dayton’s Oregon District before closing permanently shortly after her conviction. Christian was convicted May 22 of five felony counts — including a first-degree felony count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Christian has filed a notice of appeal of the conviction, but the appeal itself has not yet been filed.

The foreclosure action against the Boulevard Haus property was filed by PNC Bank, which claimed Christian and corporate entities tied to Cena Brazilian Steakhouse owed the bank nearly $219,000 plus interest from a 2006 mortgage loan.

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