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Restaurant employees pack City Hall

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Employees and their family members from a yet-to-open Detour American Grille and Bar packed a Columbus City Hall meeting room Thursday night, begging, pleading and occasionally shouting for the Columbus Redevelopment Commission to save their jobs.

But city officials argued that they had to declare a breach of the lease for the restaurant space in The Commons and to be faithful to state law open the process up for public bids. The commission voted 4-0 to declare the breach and notify Greenhouse Restaurant LLC that it had 15 days to meet the lease requirement of operating a Scotty's restaurant in the city-owned property. Otherwise, a new restaurant operator could be selected.

A standing-room-only crowd, dressed mostly in black T-shirts with the Detour American Grille and Bar logos, argued that the city was taking action to deny them employment. Many gave tearful testimonials in support of the company that hired them, trained them and hopes to have them working Monday.

Officials from MSCB Group LLC, owners of the Greenhouse Restaurant lease-holder, promised that they would reopen the restaurant Monday.

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