Thursday, April 18, 2002

Avondale restaurateur reportedly drowned


Alexander Tyler, 71, was on fishing trip

By Allen Howard, ahoward@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        PERRYSBURG, Ohio — The body of a man found at the southern tip of an island at Fort Meigs State Park is believed to be that of Alexander Tyler, 71, owner of Alex's Honey Home Cooking and the VIP Lounge in Avondale.

        Police said three fishermen were thrown into the Maumee River on Monday morning when their boat capsized. Two of the men were able to make it to shore, but one disappeared in the swift current.

        The U.S. Coast Guard searched for the body, but suspended the search at 6 p.m. Monday. Coast Guard officials said the body was found Tuesday morning by a fisherman.

        An autopsy was being performed Wednesday by the Lucas County coroner's office.

        Mr. Tyler became widely known for his soul food, prepared at Alex's Honey Home Cooking, a restaurant he started in 1970 at 3120 Reading Road in Avondale.

        He also established a nightclub, Alexander's, that was connected to the restaurant.

        After his retirement in the 1990s, the nightclub operated as Zell's, run by the former director of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, Arzell Nelson. It is now called the VIP Lounge.

        Mr. Tyler's death will be a big loss to his friend of 40 years William Mundon, 78, of North Avondale, who was on the fishing trip with Mr. Tyler and Ralph Foster, 77. He was able to get to the shore uninjured.

        “We have been going to the Maumee River for the last 15 years,” Mr. Mundon said.

        He said they arrived at the river on Monday.

        “We noticed that the river was up, but we had been there before when the water was high,” he said.

        They were able to get into the river with their 15-foot boat, but the current was swift, he said.

        “I was in the back of the boat, and I put the anchor down. Then we decided to put the anchor down at the other end of the boat, and that is when the trouble started.”

        He said the second anchor was caught in the swift current and began to swirl the boat around. All three men fell into the water when the boat capsized.

        “I didn't see Alex. ... This is a big loss. We have traveled all over the country together for the last 40 years,” said Mr. Mundon, a retired Cincinnati post office manager.

       



Doctors fear 'brain drain' hurting health-care quality
Tax deal protects Ford jobs
Teens' alleged plot stuns small town
City-only use of Fountain Square OK'd
Fear loomed large in life of slain Westwood woman
Boyfriend has had many run-ins with law, authorities say
Arts group invites boycott coalition to talk out dispute
- Avondale restaurateur reportedly drowned
Barbara Bush speaking here
Coaches' lessons cover race issues
Complex set for digging
Nurses look askance at bonuses
Residents to vote on town idea
School renovations to go on as planned
Suit, planned grievance battle in Evendale over Roach hiring
Tristate A.M. Report
Waagner claims divine direction
Wash. Blvd. plan touted
HOWARD: Some Good News
PULFER: Zero tolerance
RADEL: 'Always to danger'
Factory burns; lightning blamed
Fairfield police officer put on leave
Congressmen hold judgment on Traficant
Court agrees to hear appeal for jurors' names
DeWine: Turn rule into law
Interstate abortion aid would be illegal under bill
Overtime and disability costs rise by millions for state prison guards
Pistol-packing grandma arrested at Port Columbus airport
Rubber workers switch loyalties
Study finds crack babies struggle for years
Taft reports on reduction in state staffing
2,000 parking spots at airport reopened
A combination of crimes
Move rough for one family
One dead after robbery
Razing of homeless camp stirs criticism
Triggerman may have sought job