Columbus City Council Targets Liquor Permits Of ‘Nuisance’ Businesses


UPDATED: Tuesday December 17, 2013 2:37 PM

Columbus City Council is going after some carry-outs and night spots that they consider headaches in the community.

Members approved a resolution Monday night that would hit the businesses where it hurts the most, in the wallet.

Liquor sales are the life-blood of Iyad Murib's west side carry out, but the city of Columbus wants the state to yank his liquor permit.

Half of Murib’s revenue is from alcohol. Murib is accused of buying cartons of stolen cigarettes from guys off the street and allowing customers to buy booze with food stamps.

Police tell 10TV that they have visited the store, and it has multiple violations.

Murib claims the store wasn't even open when some of the alleged offenses occurred.

The city's going after the liquor permits of 14 businesses. They have been labeled as community nuisances, with offenses ranging from receiving stolen property, to food stamp fraud, to the site of disturbances.

The list includes Charlie Bear Land of Dance on Olentangy River Road, where a homicide occurred in the parking lot earlier this year. Unable to sell alcohol, many of these businesses couldn't stay open.

“They take the beer and the food stamp - then what else am I going to do here?” says Murib.

Only the state Division of Liquor Control has the power to revoke or deny a liquor permit. Each business will get a hearing before the state liquor board.
 
Council member Michelle Mills, who introduced the resolution, hopes the action will force the businesses to either clean up their act or close.

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