SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco’s Boulevard restaurant has gained worldwide fame, it has also become a target during the growing wave of street crime in the city.
On the morning of January 17, a brazen vandal used a bottle of wine to smash several windows, causing thousands of dollars in damage. And that wasn’t the only time the suspect targeted the restaurant.
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“Terrible. Right before omicron, things were starting to look good, and then we had just opened and there was a lot of excitement,” said general manager Jacob Paronyan. “And then omicron hit, and it all started. to go in the opposite direction, and having that to deal with and the staff being away…”
The boulevard reopened in September after a major refresh. Paronyan said the suspect responsible was seen on video breaking down the front door of a nearby hotel moments earlier that morning. A witness to the Boulevard incident confirmed that the suspect was the same person seen in surveillance footage.
The vandal also recently came to the restaurant to cause trouble and physically assaulted a manager, according to owner and chef Nancy Oakes.
“It’s property damage, but I think it was $12,000 or $15,000, I mean it’s not trivial,” Oakes said. “And when you really try to open up, it’s another setback.”
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For Paronyan, he suffered another setback the following week. He owns Total Meltdown, a new comfort food restaurant on Union Street in the Marina. Someone broke in through the front glass door and stole the safe and cash register, which were captured on CCTV on January 23.
“So hard in San Francisco to do business for a small restaurant as it is, with all the other challenges as it is, and then somehow waking up with several thousand dollars in damages that you don’t have. not to worry about — is disheartening,” he said.
During the same three-week period, Paronyan also had his personal car broken into in the heights of Dolores. Nothing was taken away except for a charging cord, but he had to deal with window repairs.
‘The city has become much less safe, we tell our staff that three months ago, three months ago, stabbings and robberies, just around the corner from here,’ he said .
The 12-year San Francisco resident is still attached to the city, as is longtime restaurateur Oakes.
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“That’s the saddest part for me – I love San Francisco,” she said. “It’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but it needs to be taken care of.”