August 11, 2018 8:26 am

Maple Ridge restaurant owners say nearby construction is driving customers away


The family who owns a Maple Ridge restaurant is furious about construction going on outside of their business.

They said revenue has gone down almost 40 per cent in the past two weeks.

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Owner of Bella Vita Kelly Niavis said that’s a loss of around $13,000.

“We have no access to the restaurant, we have no revenue because customers cannot come into the restaurant anymore,” she said.

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Bella Vita Restaurant sits on Lougheed Highway near 225 Street in Maple Ridge.

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“We are struggling to keep our business open, it’s a crisis for us.”

Municipal Engineer with the City of Maple Ridge David Pollock said they’re doing everything they can to speed the process along.

“Put in a temporary asphalt pathway for people to access the restaurant from the parking lot, and also put in some additional signage indicating the way to the restaurant.”

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He added that construction workers are just doing their job.

The road work is expected to last until November.

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