Gahanna Leaders Want To Take Liquor Permit From Business They Call ‘Worst In The City’


Gahanna officials say they've had enough and want the state to take away the liquor permit from a business it calls "the worst in the city.”

Lounge 62, on Johnstown Road in Gahanna, is currently closed and signs posted on the door say it is due to remodeling.

However, 10TV has learned the business is in the middle of a fight to get its 2013-2014 application for its liquor permit renewed.

Documents from the Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control, show in December 2013 the liquor commission rejected the renewal of the permit.

The commission says the Class D-5 Liquor permit was originally issued on November 25, 2009 and that the Managing Members and Officers are a father and son team who own Bar 62, LLC which does business as “Lounge 62.”

The complaint shows that the Gahanna City Council objected the renewal of this permit.

The complaints go back as far as January 2011 and end with the fatal shooting on November 29, 2013.

Gahanna police say an argument between a security guard and a patron spilled into the parking lot and ended in a shooting. Twenty-eight-year-old Omar Cunningham was killed.

Police are still investigating that incident.

10TV made several attempts to reach the owners, and their attorney, but no one got back to us.

However, documents show the owners did appeal the commission’s decision and that a hearing, originally set for this upcoming Monday, has now been continued indefinitely.

The owners, through their attorney, have requested a stay of execution - in other words a request to temporarily suspend the denial of the permit - until the appeal is resolved.

But today, the Liquor Control Commission mailed them this letter and said that request was denied.

We'll keep you posted on what happens with this story.