Cousino: I just want to thank Toledo for the past 15 yearsWritten by Staff Reports | | email@example.com
The office of Mayor Mike Bell sent out a press release and held a press conference Jan. 6 on the closing of the three venues owned by the Cousino family at The Docks riverfront complex; Tango’s, Navy Bistro and The Courtyard. Toledo Free Press spoke with Tom Cousino about the closings.
The City of Toledo reported it was notified on the afternoon of Jan. 6 that Front Street Ventures intended to cease operations of Tango’s, Cousino’s Navy Bistro and The Courtyard at the Bistro.
It was said that Front Street Ventures has been arrears on their rent obligations to the City for the three venues, but in 2009 entered a payment plan. This week the decision was made to close all facilities. In a verbal agreement with the City of Toledo, Thursday, January 6, 2011 will be the final day of operations. The facilities will be secured by the city at the close of business.
“It’s a disappointment, but my intention is to continue marketing The Docks as an attractive and vibrant riverfront property to potential investors interested in Toledo,” said Mayor Michael P. Bell.
The release stated Zia’s, Real Seafood and Metropolis remain open to patrons.
Employees at Navy Bistro were not aware of the 8 p.m. press conference nor that the City was planning on placing its locks on the premises at the close of business Jan. 6. They did not want to comment on the record, Tom Cousino was unavailable for comment initially.
Cousino spoke to Toledo Free Press on Jan. 6, he said he did not want to get into all of the legal aspects of this, that it was all public record and would be out there. “We had 15 nice years and gave Toledo every ounce of energy we had. We are proud of our restuarants and what we created. I just want to thank Toledo for the past 15 years. I really don’t have much energy to say anything else at this time,” Cousino said.