Reaching Out to Make Amends
Developers apologize for business disruptions
Zachary Senn/The Portland Observer | 8/1/2017, 4:52 p.m.
After causing several inconveniences to existing minority-owned businesses during construction, the developers of a Northeast Killingsworth Street property are apologizing, saying they are committed to working with their neighbors and honoring the diverse heritage of the site’s business district.
Brian Alfrey and Mike Gadberry, who own and operate the Radio Room on Northeast Alberta Street, are constructing a new restaurant at a former locksmith shop on Killingsworth just down from the intersection of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
The duo says that their crew was acting in good faith when they accidentally dented a water main leading to the loss of water to Catalina’s Restaurant next door.
“Their water main is on our property, and when they hit it, they dented it,” Alfrey told the Portland Observer. “The crew decided that they’d like to repair it, at no cost to Catalina’s.”
Gadberry adds that he offered to compensate Catalina’s for any revenue that they may have lost due to the half-hour water stoppage.
Both men are hoping to cultivate a positive relationship with the Caldera family and their restaurant.
“We eat at Catalina’s regularly, we recommend that people eat there regularly, and we look forward to having a good relationship with them for years to come,” Alfrey said.
He also says that despite an earlier issue over an electrical meter for a black-owned barbershop building on the other side of the property, they hope to move forward in a positive relationship with the owners, Herman and Rickey Brame, and work with the entire block in order to create a revitalized commercial district on Northeast Killingsworth.
“We respect their business -- they’ve been there a long time,” said Alfrey. “We look forward to working with them to make this a vibrant commercial area.”