Safety a primary concern for local bars

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The mass shooting at a California bar was on the minds of many in Columbus on Thursday night, but few were letting it change their plans to have an evening on the town.

“It’s definitely a scary thought that it could happen,” said Katie Klink.

In the Short North, bars saw a steady flow of patrons.

At Standard Hall, the front bar was crowded, while the typical amount of security kept everyone safe.

“The safety of our guests is basically the number one thing that we’re concerned about,” said Austin Schable, the bar’s Director of Operations. 

Schable said there are always bouncers and security working.

“On our busier nights, we do up the security staff,” he said. “We have as much as a dozen guys walking around making sure everyone’s safe. We also have special duty officers that are out front, making sure everyone stays safe.”

Schable also told NBC4 that all staff members are trained in spotting suspicious activity.

While it was business as usual on Thursday, many bar goers still said they felt for those killed in California.

“My prayers are out there for you and those involved and their friends,” said Shellil Yohannes. “I wish them the best.”

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