CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Price's Chef was broken into and vandalized over the Easter weekend.
"It's a bad wake up call to have on Easter morning," said restaurant owner Alex Guerrero. "You know, you expect to be hearing from your family and stuff, and instead we're hearing from the alarm company and the police that we've been broken into. That there's vandalism and there's glass shattered."
Vandals smashed the front windows of the Six Points staple and destroyed the diner's interior. Guerrero said the damage will cost him thousands to repair, and it couldn't have happened at a worse time.
"We're gonna have to do repairs," he said. "We've already had to do repairs in the wires and alarm system . . . you know, so it's already money that's coming out of our pockets that's not coming in our pockets at this time."
The restaurant owner wanted to stay open during the health crisis but said that the stay-at-home order led to a big slow-down in customer traffic. A few regulars tried to stop by for curbside service, but Guerrero said it would cost more for him to stay open than it would for him to close his doors temporarily. He just didn't plan on his location being targeted once he closed.
"Well it kind of just makes you feel bad about your community because all together we're trying to, you know, bring everybody up and all of us we're trying to get everybody out of this," said Guerrero, "So you know, we were selling eggs to everybody at price trying to bring everybody up 'cuz' at this time everybody is suffering no just you know the small people but the big people...everybody...everybody is suffering."
Guerrero is hopeful his restaurant will sustain through the pandemic and he said he'll be ready to open his doors and welcome old and new customers.