COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Crews boarded up the windows Friday and the doors are closed for good at the High Five Carry Out in the Short North.
The city of Columbus sued to closed down High Five Carry Out at 1178 North High Street, calling it a menace to the Short North community. City officials say police have been called to High Five close to 150 times over the past year and a half.
Complaints include underage beer sales, public intoxication, fights and trespassing. Maria Galloway used to own the PM Gallery, which closed earlier this year.
“I wish that this had happened a year ago, because they’ve been a problem for a long time,” she said.
No matter what she tried, she says her business continued to suffer.
“Pretty much killed it. This block was kind of iffy anyway and my foot traffic plummeted,” said Galloway.
Galloway says it wouldn’t be a regular day without seeing homeless men sleeping along this stretch. She and other business owners said they’d see men and women urinating in the open almost every day. Just about every business NBC4 spoke with hopes the city’s efforts stops these types of people from coming around.
Elbert Ferguson, who shops there for snacks on his lunch break, has a different perspective.
“It’s not good. There’s not a lot of carry outs in the area. It’s more like businesses. Carry outs are nice to be able to pick up candy bars and chips and stuff like that,” said Ferguson.