City of Columbus shutting down east side strip club

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Columbus City Attorney’s office announced Wednesday that a “notorious” gentlemen’s club on the east side has been shut down.

According to the city complaint, police have been called to Rachel’s Gentleman’s Club on Channingway Boulevard more than 135 times since 2015, when police began investigating the club. The calls include robbery, assaults, shootings, and underage drinking.

A man was shot and killed near the club on June 1, 2017. 

PDF: Official City of Columbus complaint Rachel’s Gentlemen’s Club

The city was granted an emergency restraining order Wednesday and a board-up request against the owner of the club, Hetzbach Corporation, and its incorporators, Franz J. Schwarzbach and Ramona C. Hetzel. According to the city attorney’s office, police also sent letters earlier this year notifying the owners of the club that underage purchases of alcohol were happening at the building. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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