The Worthington bar that was the site of a double homicide in November has closed permanently.

Worthington City Council on June 4 voted to withdraw an objection to the renewal of liquor permits for Monkey’s Bar & Grille, 6116 Huntley Road, because the bar closed in May, according to city documents.

City Council on Dec. 11 voted to object to the renewal less than a month after two men shot each other outside the bar on Worthington’s east side.

They were Worthington’s first homicides in more than two decades, according to Anne Brown, a Worthington spokeswoman.

Worthington Division of Police Chief Jerry Strait credited city staff members and legal counsel for helping push Monkey’s in the direction of closing.

“This tragic event was the unfortunate capstone of a continuing series of various types of criminal complaints and disturbances that the Worthington Division of Police had responded to at the bar over the past seven years,” he said in an email.

“This growing violence (led) City Council and city staff to formally object to renewal of the establishment’s liquor permit before the Ohio (Division of Liquor Control). This formal objection and subsequent discussion (led) to bar ownership voluntarily closing the establishment.”

In a memo to council dated May 31, law director Tom Lindsey wrote that the bar had closed “on or about” May 7 in a “settlement agreement” with C & B Machinery Inc. and its sole shareholder, Marlen Silva.

C & B Machinery Inc. is the name listed on both city documents and the liquor permit as the owner of Monkey’s. State records show it is registered to Silva, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Silva’s name is on the liquor license, Strait said.

ThisWeek has been able to obtain a contact number for Silva.

“The agreement requires the business to remain closed and the liquor permits to remain in safekeeping until the Ohio Division of Liquor Control approves a transfer of ownership of the liquor permits,” Lindsey’s memo read. “The City retains the right to object to the transfer of ownership and/or location of the liquor permits should the location be within the City of Worthington.”

According to the memo, the council action of withdrawing its objection will “allow the Ohio Division of Liquor Control to officially close the objection hearing.”

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