Reynoldsburg City Council's safety committee took no action last week on a request for a liquor permit for a bar on Briarcliff Road because the city hasn't received an application for a special exception use permit.

Reynoldsburg City Council's safety committee took no action last week on a request for a liquor permit for a bar on Briarcliff Road because the city hasn't received an application for a special exception use permit.

The former Battalion 8 bar at 1355 Briarcliff Road is in a building directly behind the Arby's restaurant at 6949 E. Main St.

Lt. Scott McKinley told the committee at its Jan. 19 meeting that Reynoldsburg police had conducted an investigation on the liquor permit request and found no reason not to grant it.

Council President William Hills asked whether the Battalion 8 is now closed or whether the former owner is taking the liquor license elsewhere.

McKinley said the bar has a new operator and will no longer do business under the Battalion 8 name.

City planning administrator Aaron Domini said the new operator must request a special exception use permit in order to run the business. As of Tuesday, Jan. 26, he said he had received no such paperwork. When he does, the request will go before the Reynoldsburg Board of Zoning and Building Appeals (BZBA) for consideration, he said.

Development director Lucas Haire said the deadline to apply for a special exception use permit is Jan. 28 if the request is to be reviewed by the BZBA at its Feb. 18 meeting. After that, the request will go to city council for action.

"They will have to apply for the special exception use permit and have that approved first prior to opening," Haire said.

He said the Battalion 8 closed sometime last year. Since no paperwork has been filed, city officials don't know yet what the new name of the business will be, he said.