Monarch Cocktail Lounge closing current location, cites difficulty from extra security

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Monarch Cocktail Lounge in the Short North says it is "no longer continuing" operation at its current location.

The business announced the closure on its social media on Sunday.

Owner Shawn Shahnazi tells 10TV that it was difficult to run the business due to paying extra for security that stemmed from two shooting incidents earlier in the year.

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Stemming from those incidents, Shahnazi said the news coverage and city involvement led to the extra security and police.

Earlier this year, a man was hit by a stray bullet in front of the business in January. Authorities say it's believed that as people were leaving the business, a fight broke out between unknown individuals. Investigators say someone pulled out a gun and fired it at least three times.

Days later, police said two men started arguing in the area the business when someone fired shots, striking a man in the back. One man also was cut on the ear by a knife, police said.