Restaurant gets re-opening facelift after death of beloved owner

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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Three weeks after its well-known owner, Jim Brennan, was murdered, Brennan's Colony in Cleveland Heights is preparing to open back up for business Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Workers spent Monday preparing for doors to open, while painters gave the restaurant's facade a facelift.

"It was scheduled for about six weeks from now, but we pushed some clients aside so we could take care of the front of the building so when they open up they'll have a nice fresh paint job," said Tim Sweeney, with Sweeney Painting. "It's the least we could do to try to help them get back on track after everything that's happened."

The beloved owner, Brennan was shot and killed during a robbery inside the restaurant on June 30.

Four men, including a former employee, are charged in connection with the killing.

The community has since held candlelight vigils and fundraisers, so far raising more than $50,000 to help Brennan's family and employees.

"Everybody knew Jim, and it was so devastating, but O think the fact they're reopening shows how important he was and the business is to this area," said John Emerman, owner of The Stone Oven. He added that the outpouring speaks to how much the tight-knit community cares about its businesses.

"I think Jim would be really pleased to see the Colony continue beyond his involvement in it," Emerman said.

Brennan's Colony will serve only drinks when it first opens. Guests are invited to bring food from neighboring restaurants until the kitchen reopens with a limited menu Friday.

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