On the sidewalk in front of the colorful, eclectic bar that manages to draw in people from all walks of life sat a sign Friday that read "Thieves suck." A week earlier, on
Within days, however, patrons of the bar began planning a fundraiser. And just short of a week after the burglary, friends and fans of the hangout gathered Friday night at 1900 Park, an art gallery and performance venue a couple miles away from the bar, to try to raise money for the establishment in its time of need.
Singer songwriters such as
"Everybody cares about them."
A computer that had just been purchased in February was also stolen.
Taylor and Lockheed are convinced the thieves know the cafe well. They say it was targeted on one of its busiest nights, when Jake's Leg, a Grateful Dead cover band, played.
"It's a big hit," said Taylor, noting that he believes the total damage to the cafe from the burglary amounted to about
Taylor said the city has already promised that the abandoned home will be boarded up. He also hopes officials clear out the derelict lot next to the house. Piles of wood, brick and other trash make the area a fire hazard, he said.
Both Taylor and Lockheed said they were humbled by how much people care about the future of the bar.
"We can't afford another break-in," Taylor said. "It will shut
"It's that simple."
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