Short North restaurants feeling strain of sidewalk construction

The parking in the Short North has been posing problems for restaurants (Ryan Greenlese/WBNS-10TV)
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The Short North now has a painful reputation of frustrating construction and inaccessibility.

"The biggest thing is parking," said Juliet Newbury, assistant general manager at Hubbard Grille. "We get complaints all the time."

Newbury says they get customers who are often late for their reservations because of the lack of parking availability. Offering valet is nearly impossible.

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"With all the construction on High Street, we can't have a valet with the bus stops and all that, so it has to be tucked on Hubbard which people can drive right by and people not know we have valet," she said.

The Eagle, a restaurant located across the street from Hubbard Grille, has been hit worse by the construction. The sidewalk leading to their front door is lined with orange barricades.

"It seems like the pathways change on a daily and weekly basis. We try to put signage out, we try to talk to our guests but, all in all, a hindrance is a hindrance," said Jarod Klever, general manager for the southern comfort restaurant.

The Eagle has seen a 20 percent dip in the number of customers this summer, compared to the same time last year. To make matters worse, the completion date continues to change for the project.

"For example our front walkway was supposed to be done about two-and-a-half weeks ago. And we're now going on a full month of not having a sidewalk," Klever said.

According to the city of Columbus' website, construction activities are scheduled to continue through November 2018. The final phase of construction occurs in 2019.

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