Businesses Want Paid for Shoreway Shutdown

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CLEVELAND – Captain America: The Winter Soldier is an action movie.

However, the filming in Cleveland turned into a real-life drama for the handful of businesses on Clifton Boulevard, just a few blocks from where the Shoreway was shut down for two weeks for filming.

"Some days, we would just be looking at each other, wondering where did everybody go?" David Milam of MoCa coffee house said.

Normally, this part of Clifton Boulevard near W. 105th Street is packed during rush hour.

Those cars vanished during the Shoreway shutdown as drivers took alternate routes to work.

"It was at least 60, 70 [percent] drop-off from what we'd normally do," David Milam of MoCa said.

Before filming began, the Cleveland Film Commission said businesses who suffered directly because of the street closures would be reimbursed by Marvel Comics.

Ivan Schwartz, executive director of The Cleveland Film Commission, said Thursday that the businesses inside the closed areas have all been taken care of.

The owners at MoCa coffee house said they have been trying to reach someone with Marvel Comics, but are getting the run-around.

"We were affected, just like the other places that have been reimbursed for what they lost," Milam said.

"Honestly, I'd say about 40 percent loss in sales," Oliver Sovol, manager of Clifton Martini and Wine Bar, said.

Sovol said they even had to cut staff during the two weeks the Shoreway was closed for filming.

"I'm hoping someone finally has an answer and can reimburse us a little bit," Sovol said.

Fox 8 News spoke with John Pisani, a publicist for Marvel Comics. He said he is looking into the matter and will get back with us.

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