Ex-restaurant owner’s home sold at sheriff’s sale


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Ex-restaurant owner’s home sold at sheriff’s sale

The foreclosed-upon Washington Twp. home that belonged to imprisoned former restaurant owner Eva Christian has been sold at sheriff’s sale for $179,500.

The home at 6855 Saint Laurent Circle had been appraised by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for $162,000. The buyer was Craig Boshart of Englewood, according to Montgomery County court records.

Christian is the former owner of Boulevard Haus (formerly Cafe Boulevard) in Dayton’s Oregon Historic District and Cena Brazilian Steakhouse in Miami Twp. She is serving a nine-year prison sentence after her May 2012 conviction on five felony counts relating to insurance fraud. Two counts related to a reported break-in of her Washington Twp. home that prosecutors and investigators said was staged by Christian to obtain insurance money.

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.

Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Frances McGee on Tuesday ordered more than $157,000 of the proceeds from the sale to go to Bank of America, the home’s mortgage holder. After other fees were taken out of the proceeds, the county’s Clerk of Courts office will receive about $17,000 to be held “pending further order of this court,” McGee’s order said.

Christian founded Cafe Boulevard and owned the Oregon District restaurant throughout its 15-year tenure. The building that housed the restaurant also was foreclosed upon. It was sold and reopened earlier this year under new ownership as Lily’s Bistro.

The criminal case revolved around two 2009 incidents: a reported break-in at the Saint Laurent Circle home and a reported vandalism and fire at Cena Brazilian Steakhouse, which never reopened following the incident.

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