Calling them seven “high-crime, local bars and liquor stores,” Columbus City Council on Dec. 3 voted against renewing liquor licenses of seven establishments, according to a news release from the city.

The vote affects the following places: Beechwood Market, 3796 E. Livingston Ave.; Beverage Warehouse, 847 E. 11th Ave.; Brothers Drive-Thru, 1535 E. Livingston Ave.; Kookie’s Place, 1662 W. Mound St.; Livingston Market, 1619 E. Livingston Ave., Oakland Park Bar & Grill, 1427 Oakland Park Ave.; and Sandpebble Lounge, 1913 Lockbourne Road.

Council said “each location seemed to be a haven for crime and police service runs,” the news release said.

For example, Columbus Division of Police has been dispatched to Kookie’s Place on 35 occasions since 2017 and has received multiple citations for drug paraphernalia, unsanitary conditions and drug use, according to the news release. In all, nine reports have been filed involving felonious assaults, simple assault, robbery breaking and entering and drug offenses, the news release stated.

Brothers Drive-Thru on Columbus’ East Side has received 57 calls for service from Columbus police, and 13 police reports have been filed, the release said.

The Columbus city attorney is expected to take council’s objections to the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control for a hearing, the release said.

The division superintendent will decide whether the objection is overruled or sustained, the release said. The permit holder or legislative authority may appeal the decision to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission, the release stated.

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