Floating restaurant once again makes unscheduled voyage down river

Feb. 7, 2014 at 12:08 PM
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COVINGTON, Ky., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A floating Kentucky restaurant with an apparent case of wanderlust has once again escaped its moorings and drifted down the Ohio River, officials say.

This time, at least, it didn't have any diners aboard, CNN reported Thursday.

Jeff Ruby's Waterfront Restaurant is normally tied up along the river in Covington, Ky., and is noted for its panoramic view of downtown Cincinnati, on the opposite bank. Cables holding the craft in place snapped Thursday and it restaurant floated downstream several hundred yards before its voyage was stopped by the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge, which carries traffic for U.S. Routes 42 and 127.

Two tugs are holding the ship in place so it won't hit an older bridge, and two more tugs were expected Friday, Ruby said.

One restaurant employee was on the ramp when it broke away from the dock, Ruby said, but was able to get to safety. Another employee on the boat was rescued about an hour later.

The restaurant last took an unplanned trip in March 2011 when 83 customers were aboard. It has been closed since.

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