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1 p.m. Tuesday update

Operators of the Detour American Grille & Bar in Columbus decided over the weekend to close the two-month old establishment, which happened Monday night.

"We're sad to be leaving Columbus," said Mark Maddox, co-owner of MSCB Group LLC, which operated the Detour restaurant. Previously, the owners ran a Scotty's Burger Joint restaurant in the same location.

"The political climate changed," Maddox said of a change in city leadership from former Mayor Fred Armstrong to Mayor Kristen Brown. "The city originally was very receptive to us."

 

Brown said today that city officials had received no notice of the closure and were attempting to contact the restaurant's attorneys.

 

Read more details in Wednesday's Republic.

 

10 a.m. Tuesday

Roughly two months after opening amid controversy, operators of the Detour American Grille & Bar in The Commons on Monday night closed the downtown restaurant, co-owner Mark Maddix confirmed this morning.

The city and Greenhouse Restaurant LLC, the restaurant’s owners, have been at odds over the lease for the space for nearly three months; city officials believe the lease requires a Scotty’s-branded restaurant. The company operated a Scotty’s Burger Joint in the public building for about a year before ending its management agreement with the Scotty’s chain on Dec. 30.

Facing a potential legal threat from the city after announcing a switch to the Detour restaurant brand, Maddox and business partner Mert Shipman opened the rebranded restaurant anyway on Jan. 14, and held a grand opening March 2.

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