The Onyx nightclub is permanently closed.

The Onyx nightclub is permanently closed.

Ian James, a spokesperson for Arlington Complex owner Shahriar Kazemi, said the club closed its doors this past weekend in response to the city of Upper Arlington and a number of surrounding neighbors, who were concerned for their safety after a Nov. 14 shooting that sent two men to the hospital.

"As a neighbor and a father and as a businessman, he decided that he had to take this action to help the community, which in turn, he is hopeful will end up helping the business," James said. "It doesn't help the business to have problems near or around the facility.

"Now," James said, "he is hopeful in doing this that he can work with the community to redevelop the business and make it something that other people will want to come to."

James said Kazemi first decided to change the musical format of the club at 1973 Henderson Road for this past Saturday, Nov. 20. Rather than the normal hip-hop music, the club planned to play "Top 40" music as it does on Friday nights.

He said Kazemi decided Friday evening, prior to a public meeting on the topic at Hastings Middle School, that he instead would close the doors.

Patrons who expected to spend the evening at Onyx Friday and Saturday nights were met with flyers notifying them of the closure.

James said the closure is "devastating."

"This is a financially-devastating blow, but what is equally devastating is the incident that occurred," he said. "This gentleman just lost tens of thousands of dollars in advertising and he had to cancel national acts that were coming in. That is money that is gone but it's not about the money, it's about what's right for the community."

Arlington Complex officials plan to work with the city on what type of business best could fill the Onyx hole.

"He would like to be able to provide the kind of clean, safe and enjoyable environment that people know with the Arlington Caf," James said.

Upper Arlington Police Division spokesperson Officer Heather Galli said the city had scheduled a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, at the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road.

"Our ultimate goal is we want our residents to be safe," she said. "We don't want any officers or anyone hurt."

Galli said the purpose of the meeting also was to ask residents to contribute information about the Nov. 14 shooting.

"If anyone has information or has heard something we encourage them to give us a call," she said. "We have lots of ways to contact us. Leave the information there or they also can provide information online on the city's website."

The Upper Arlington Police Division phone number is 583-5150 and the city's website is

According to the police department, shots were fired near Onyx around 2 a.m. Nov. 14. Officers stopped a speeding car leaving the bar area and found two individuals with gunshot wounds.

Police Chief Brian Quinn said neither individual is cooperating with the investigation.

Officers also found 12 rounds of ammunition in the street, and one bullet hit a window at 4835 Nugent Drive, where a resident was home sleeping and his daughter was awake studying.

For an update on the Tuesday, Nov. 23, community forum, visit