Lexington recently hosted the 2014 Breeders’ Cup. The months leading up to the event had leaders highlighting the incredible financial boon that this international event would bring to our local hotels, retailers and restaurants.
While it is certain that area hotels were full occupancy (and with higher rates), some restaurants in the Limestone corridor experienced the exact opposite. With the streets closed and full of more than 20 food trucks and vendors scattered for blocks, it was impossible to drive and park in the vicinity.
Surely the planners of this event could have proposed a more accessible street management plan to allow Limestone Street to remain open to traffic flow – even if but one lane. Our restaurant lost thousands of dollars due to unnecessary inaccessibility. It is the brick-and-mortar businesses that pay the infrastructure bills of the city. We respectfully submit a bill to the city for $12,000.
Someone once said “the road to hell is paved with good intentions. In the case of the street management of the 2014 Breeders Cup, truer words could not have been spoken.
Owner, Columbia Steakhouse
Manager, Columbia Steakhouse