Announcement coming on reopening of Brennan’s Colony after murder

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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio --People in Cleveland Heights and beyond are working to build up a community that has suffered a great loss.

Dozens gathered on Saturday night to pay tribute and support the legacy of businessman and friend, Jim Brennan.

Brennan was gunned down in his restaurant on June 30. Four suspects have since been apprehended.

On Saturday, the focus of conversation was not about the terrible events of that day, but more about the life of a good man who gave so much to the community.

People gathered at The Church of the Savior on Lee Road for fun, music, and food. Donations go to the Brennan family and Brennan's Colony.

"To us, the Colony is a really special place," said Rachel Williams, who frequents the Colony with her loved ones.

"It's just a way to give back to the Brennan family, the colony, the community," said Stephen Cerne, who helped to organize the Cookout for the Colony event.

"It was something that affected everybody -- obviously family and co-workers -- when someone comes into your neighborhood and does something like that it hurts everybody," said Rita Speidel, another organizer.

Brennan's Colony has been closed since the tragedy, but people at Saturday night's event tell Fox 8 Brennan would have wanted to keep it open, and that's the plan.

A spokesperson for Brennan's Colony says to expect an announcement very soon about the reopening of the well-known establishment.

Restaurant leaders are expected to meet on Sunday to discuss the reopening as well.

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