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Update 09/29/2014 at 8:00PM:  Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black told council members in a memo Monday evening he will meet with Mahogany's owner Liz Rogers.

"Due to threatened litigation, I have been intentionally measured in public statements on this subject," Black wrote in the memo.  "To be clear, I intend to meet with Mrs. Rogers, soon, in order to discuss this situation."

Black told council he would report back on the results of his meeting with Rogers, and seek direction on how to proceed.

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Cincinnati Council's Budget and Finance committee is likely to discuss the now closed Mahogany's Restaurant during its meeting Monday.  

A Council majority has signed a motion asking city administrators to meet with owner Liz Rogers and her attorney to see if there's a way to protect the city's financing that went into the project.  

Four people addressed the issue Wednesday during Council's regular weekly meeting.  Resident Iris Roley directed a portion of her comments to Mayor John Cranley.

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Cincinnati administrators are not willing to cut a deal with the owner of a now closed restaurant at The Banks.  

Liz Rogers, through a weekend letter from her attorney, asked the city to forgive her $300,000 city loan and allow her to purchase the city funded restaurant equipment for $12,000.  In return she would re-open her Mahogany's restaurant at another city location within 120 days.  

City spokesman Rocky Merz provided the following e-mail on the issue Tuesday morning.

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The owner of a troubled restaurant at The Banks development said Tuesday she is looking for a new location.  Liz Rogers gave a prepared statement about the future of Mahogany's during a press conference at the facility.

"We find that we are in the midst of a climate that is not conducive to successfully executing our business model here at The Banks,” Rogers said.  “We have determined that our restaurant model is not a fit for The Banks development and we are interested in relocating.”

The developer and architect of the planned General Electric Global Operations Center showed preliminary drawings to Cincinnati's Urban Design Review Board, and board members were not impressed.

The five board members said they didn’t believe the architectural drawings of the 10-story building to be constructed on The Banks were distinctive enough; and that the building was too plain.

But, in the end, there is nothing the Urban Design Review Board can do about it.

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