San Francisco Avenue Restaurant Owner and Manager Targeted by Vandals, Thieves – CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – San Francisco’s Boulevard restaurant has received worldwide acclaim, it has also become a target in the city’s rising tide of street crime.

At dawn on January 17, a brazen vandal used a wine bottle to smash many windows, causing thousands of dollars in damage. And this isn’t the only time a suspect has targeted a restaurant.

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“Horrible. Right before the omicron everything started to look fine and then we just opened, and there was a lot of excitement,” said General Manager Jacob Paronyan. “And then the omicron hit, and things started going in the opposite direction, had to deal with that and the employee was fired…”

Boulevard reopened in September after a major refresh. Paronyan said the suspect responsible was seen on video banging on the front door of a nearby hotel, that same morning. A witness to Boulevard’s case confirmed the main suspect was the one seen on the surveillance footage.

According to owner and chef Nancy Oakes, vandals also recently visited the restaurant to cause a commotion and assault a manager.

“This is property damage, but I think it’s $12,000 or $15,000, I mean that’s not small,” Mr. Oakes said. “And when you actually try to open the door, that’s another step back.”

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As for Paronyan, he experienced another setback the following week. He owns Total Meltdown, a new comfort eatery on Union Street in the Marina. Someone broke in through the front glass door, stealing the safe and the cash register, which was captured on surveillance video on January 23.

“It’s too difficult in San Francisco to run a small restaurant, with all the other challenges as it is, and then lead to several thousand dollars in losses that you don’t have to deal with – disappointing,” he said.

During the same three-week period, Paronyan was also broken into by a private vehicle in Dolores Heights. He took nothing but a charging cord, but he had to fix the windows.

“The city has become much less safe, we told our staff to walk twice, three months ago – stab and rob, just hang around here,” he said.

A 12-year-old San Francisco resident is still attached to the city – so is longtime restaurant Oakes.

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“That was the saddest part for me — I love San Francisco,” she said. “This is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but it must be taken care of.” San Francisco Avenue Restaurant Owner and Manager Targeted by Vandals, Thieves – CBS San Francisco

Dustin Huang

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