Brennan's Colony plans to reopen today

Brennan's Colony, 2299 Lee Road.

Less than a month after the tragedy that took the life of Jim Brennan on June 30, his neighborhood restaurant, Brennan's Colony, reopens its doors Tuesday, July 22 at 4 p.m.

According to the Brennan's Colony FaceBook page, the restaurant will initially serve drinks only, but patrons are encouraged to bring in food from any of the surrounding local restaurants. On the evening of Friday, July 25, the restaurant plans to reopen the kitchen with a limited menu. Those interested in learning more about the menu options can consult the restaurant's FaceBook page at

Repair crews have been working on improving the front facade of the building, located at 2299 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, including its highly visible signage. Following the shooting, residents created a makeshift memorial in front of the main entrance to honor Brennan. The memorial has since been cleared, but green ribbons still appear on Lee Road in his memory.

Brennan's Colony, owned by Jim Brennan since 1991, has been a popular neighborhood eatery for generations of people in the Heights. Ever since the attempted robbery and subsequential murder of Brennan on June 30, loyal customers have been speculating about when and if the restaurant would reopen for business. The news of its reopening spread quickly on social media and was greeted with positivity by FaceBook followers. One respondent referred to the news as another act that will help the community begin to heal following the act of violence that shocked our community.

On its website, Brennan's Colony describes itself as a "friendly neighborhood tavern serving up food and drink to loyal customers."  It includes a large patio with an indoor/outdoor bar that enables al fresco dining.


Andrea C. Turner

Andrea C. Turner owns ACT One Communications, LLC, a marketing & communications consulting firm. She is the Heights Observer e-news editor.

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