Ex-restaurant owner’s home on auction block following foreclosure


Ex-restaurant owner’s home on auction block following foreclosure

A judge has ordered that the foreclosed-upon home belonging to a former Dayton restaurant owner be sold at a sheriff’s sale on July 26.

The home at 6855 Saint Laurent Circle in Washington Twp. is the former residence of Eva Christian, who owned Boulevard Haus (formerly Cafe Boulevard) in Dayton’s Oregon Historic District, and who also owned Cena Brazilian Steakhouse in Miami Twp.

The sheriff’s sale is the latest twist in a legal saga that turned a business owner into a convicted felon. Christian, who founded Cafe Boulevard and owned the Oregon District restaurant throughout its 15-year tenure, was convicted in May 2012 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, including one at her Washington Twp. home that was later foreclosed upon.

Christian is serving a nine-year prison sentence. Montgomery County prosecutors say Christian faces deportation upon her release from prison in 2021. She has filed a notice of appeal of her conviction, but the appeal itself has not yet been filed.

The former Cafe Boulevard Haus/Cafe Boulevard also was foreclosed upon. It was sold and reopened this spring under new ownership as Lily’s Bistro.

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 Saint Laurent Circle home and a reported vandalism and fire at Cena.

The Saint Laurent Circle home has been appraised by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for $162,000. The sale is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. July 26 in the lower level auditorium of the Montgomery County Administration Building at 451 W. Third St.

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