The Dim Sum Corner restaurant in San Francisco victim of a series of vandalism

It has been a frustrating few months for Jaynry Mak. She spent thousands of dollars repairing damage to Dim Sum Corner after back-to-back vandalism and theft this summer.

The latest break-in happened on Thursday morning after surveillance footage showed a man smashing through the glass entrance and stealing two cash registers. KPIX first reported the story.

“Mentally and emotionally, we’re done,” Mak, managing partner at Dim Sum Corner, told SFGATE. “We don’t look like an open company, and that has had a significant impact on us.”

The incident happened around 2 a.m. Thursday when a man loitering outside Dim Sum Corner at 601 Grant Ave. threw an unidentified object at the door, according to Mak. Mak said when she saw surveillance footage later that morning, she saw the man pacing outside the restaurant for a few minutes before entering the store and walking out with him. two cash registers.

Dim Sum Corner, located at 601 Grant Ave., was robbed on August 4, 2022.

Courtesy of Jaynry Mak
Dim Sum Corner, located at 601 Grant Ave., was robbed on August 4, 2022.

Dim Sum Corner, located at 601 Grant Ave., was robbed on August 4, 2022.

Courtesy of Jaynry Mak

Dim Sum Corner, located at 601 Grant Ave., was burglarized on August 4, 2022. (Photo: Courtesy Jaynry Mak)

San Francisco police called Mak around 2:30 a.m. to inform her of the burglary and waited until she arrived so she could board the restaurant. SFGATE has contacted SFPD for comment, but did not hear back at press time.

In June, Dim Sum Corner was vandalized twice when an individual used a slingshot to smash one of its windows. A few days later, someone smashed another window with an unknown object. Due to these earlier incidents, Mak told KPIX that she has since kept extra pieces of plywood on hand at the restaurant “in preparation for the next hit.”

Dim Sum Corner wasn’t the only business targeted in Chinatown this week either. KPIX reports that Bregoni Bistro, located at 615 Jackson St., had its windows smashed and iPads stolen Wednesday morning.

Mak thinks there should be more security in Chinatown. She said some of the preventative measures recommended for business owners include adding security cameras, but she said that hasn’t deterred burglaries. Additionally, she adds that some business owners have installed portals, but Mak says that “shouldn’t be the cost of doing business” in San Francisco.

“As a community, it’s been really tough,” Mak told SFGATE. “I grew up in this city. Many businesses in Chinatown now have gates and plywood. It’s never been so bad. »

Mak estimates that the cost of damages and other expenses for Dim Sum Corner after the burglary will cost him around $5,000. The business was already 50% below pre-pandemic levels before the burglary and Mak said sales were down from where they were a week earlier.

For now, Mak said she is working with a local artist who will add artwork to the plywood covering the entrance to the restaurant, so customers know that Dim Sum Corner is always open, especially on weekends. , when it is busiest.

“I just hope it doesn’t happen to anyone else,” Mak said.

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