Monday marked the three year anniversary of the machete attack at the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli, in northeast Columbus.
Four people were injured in the attack, on February 11, 2016.
The attacker, Mohamed Barry, was shot and killed by police.
This year, there were no events to remember the ambush. It was business as usual, with diners eating the Mediterranean cuisine.
Hany Baransi, the restaurant’s owner, was assisting a cashier.
“I’m very grateful to be here today,” he said. “I’m very grateful that everybody that was involved is doing well today. We’re living. We’re talking. We’re laughing and there is a lot to be grateful for. Even though a bad thing happened, a lot of good things have come out of it.”
Baransi has owned and operated the restaurant for nearly 30 years. A few months after the attack, he was seriously injured in a car wreck. He continues to recover from those injuries, which he says has provided him with a new outlook on life.
“I lead a very simple life, right now, a very good life,” he said. “I’m very happy, very content, very grateful and most of all, I keep remembering how grateful I am for the community, for the fellow Americans here and for all the support that I get all the time.”
Bill Foley, a musician, was one of the four injured at the Nazareth Restaurant on the night of the attack. He still performs at the restaurant and he’s scheduled to do so on Wednesday, at 7 p.m.