Every once in a while a driver loses control and crashes into a local Chicago eatery. Over the last couple years alone, I can recall vehicles hitting a couple different Starbucks locations, Gold Coast Dogs, and Petterino’s. Illinois auto accident attorneys at our law office recently handled an injury claim for a patron that was injured at Gold Coast Dogs when an elderly man drove into the restaurant.
The city’s latest restaurant to become a car accident victim is Manny’s Deli on the near South Side. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that a car struck a glass window and a brick wall at the deli, which is located at 1141 S. Jefferson St. It is believed the incident took place between 2:45 AM – 3:20 AM on Saturday morning. The vehicle, reportedly a white Chrysler, fled the scene of the accident.
The crash knocked a brick wall over, shattered the window, and left a hole in the restaurant measuring about 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide. The wall damaged was part of the deli’s private dining room, so the crash did not affect business in the main dining room.
Restaurant security cameras did not catch the accident, however Chicago police recovered pieces of debris from the car. While there were a couple workers inside the restaurant at the time of the crash, no injuries were reported.
As far as local restaurants getting hit by cars, Petterino’s (located at Dearborn & Randolph) is still the king. The popular theater district eatery has been hit by vehicles 3 times in recent years. So while the food is terrific, you might want to avoid the window tables.