COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The doors at Nazareth Restaurant and Deli have reopened, just four days after a violent machete attack injured several people.
The restaurant opened its doors at 11am with a limited menu and buffet style service. Anticipating a large number of people stopping by, a tent and heaters were set up outside the restaurant.
The restaurant has been closed since Thursday’s attack. Police say Mohamed Barry walked into Nazareth Restaurant and Deli and started swinging a machete, injuring four people.
Officers later located Barry on Stelzer Road. Police say an officer shot and killed Barry after Barry lunged at them with a machete and knife in his hands.
Back at the restaurant, staff and close friends came together for a short prayer and dinner on Sunday to begin the healing process.
“It’s not going to be a mourning place,” said owner Hany Baransi. “There were a lot of emotions and stuff. I wanted to feel that, but at the same time I wanted to get over it, move on and stuff like that.”
Baransi said he has hired extra help for Monday, in anticipation of a large crowd.
His employees said Sunday’s dinner was the perfect first step, in moving forward.