AMHERST, Ohio (WJW) – The Amherst Police Department announced Saturday morning that the Memorial Day parade would be rerouted following a crash.

A car crashed into Barra Restaurant on Park Avenue just before 4:30 a.m.

According to police, two teens were in the car. They were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say impairment is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

There was significant damage to the building, police say.

The crash remains under investigation by the Amherst Police Department.

“As you can see, a lot of structural (damage) here,” Barra Owner Aaron Byington told FOX 8 News. “And the scary part is right now, you can touch one thing and a domino-effect can happen.”

Byington said a structural engineer will be out on Tuesday to assess the damage, but for now the restaurant expects to remain closed until repairs are completed. Byington is happy no one was seriously hurt.

“Couple of minor injuries, but they walked away pretty much from it – thank God,” he said. “Buildings can be rebuilt.”

Because of the crash, here are details on how parking and the parade route will be affected.


• Start at High School on Washington St. southbound to Forest St.

• Right turn westbound to Park Ave.

• Left turn southbound on Church St.

• Left turn eastbound on Tenney Ave.

• Parade will conclude in green space at northeast corner of Church St. and Tenney Ave. All ball teams participating in the parade will conclude and exit the parade east on Tenney Ave.


• Parking will be permitted on Park Ave. west of Church St

• Parking will be restricted in the City Lots between Park Avenue and Tenney Ave.

“We put together a plan as how we would just reroute the parade, leaving the parade as it is, just bumping it back one block,” Parade organizer Gerri Rice said. “The show will go on.”

The Amherst Memorial Day Parade and Program lines up at 9 a.m. Monday and kicks off at 10 a.m. Nothing will change with the lineup, participants, or timing.

The memorial service will take place on the grounds of Amherst City Hall following the parade.