Protesters vandalized a new Los Angeles restaurant on Wednesday with the words “genocide is genocide” written on windows, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Dunsmoor Restaurant is located in the historic Latin Quarter of Glassell Park that has seen a recent rise in real estate values as well as changing demographics, according to the LA Times. Restaurant staff discovered the words were sprayed through their windows with bright red graffiti on the day the restaurant opened.
On the same day that this upscale Los Angeles restaurant was preparing to open for the night, protesters sent a message with graffiti written on its windows: “Improvement is genocide.” https://t.co/2Io6LaveWy
– Los Angeles Times (latimes) 30 June 2022
The Los Angeles Times reported that the vandalism occurred at 4:32 a.m. according to CCTV footage.
Taylor Parsons, a partner at the restaurant, told the Los Angeles Times that employees believe the attack was carried out by the same perpetrator or perpetrators who flagged the restaurant earlier in January.
Later that day, protests broke out outside the restaurant. While eating dinner, protesters pressed their banners to the windows that read “Generators are on the menu tonight!” and “F – YOUR $23 LENTILS!!!” According to the LA Times.
Last night, members of our Northeast Local branch protested the opening of Dunsmoor, an expensive new restaurant in Glassell Park. (1/5) https://t.co/JzbBP2GJtX
Los Angeles Tenants Union (LATenantsUnion) 30 June 2022
Protesters chanted, “Save the hood! We say no to restaurants gentlemen!” and others walked up and down Eagle Rock Boulevard to a nearby cocktail bar where a physical confrontation broke out between a woman who dined in Dunsmore, according to the outlet. (Related: Video shows bloody aftermath after fighting a suspected homeless passerby in a major tourist area)
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The @dunsmoorisdone account announced the protest on Instagram on Tuesday to demand a demonstration from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
“This neighborhood is fed – and made – by our community in Latin America” the post He said in both English and Spanish. The @dunsmoorisdone account promoted the protest with Street Watch LA, an organization founded by the Los Angeles chapter of Democratic Socialists in America and the Los Angeles Community Action Network, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The post’s description also read: “This group of restaurants will cause increased displacement – and homelessness – unless they are stopped. Please come and help us send a clear message that these people didn’t just choose the wrong neighborhood… Dunsmoor has been done.”
Parsons told the Los Angeles Times that despite the protesters’ goal of closing the restaurant, he would not allow that to happen. Restaurant staff discuss prices every day and try to keep entry prices under $40 and even limit wine prices below industry standards, the Los Angeles Times reports.