Community rallying around Providence restaurant that was vandalized

A local restaurant on Hope Street in Providence is struggling to understand why someone would take it upon themselves to break one of their windows.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A local restaurant on Hope Street in Providence is struggling to understand why someone would take it upon themselves to break one of their windows.

“Really frustrated and I’m really disappointed this happened,” said Owner of Gourmet House Sochea Pol.

Someone launched a socket from a socket wrench into one of the front windows of the Asian restaurant, leaving it broken.

“It can make you feel kind of down when you come to work and you see that someone has treated this thing that you love in this way,” said Asher Schofield, Owner of Frog and Toad.

Pol found the vandalism on Monday, and went to his neighbor Schofield, who helped him file a police report.

They say they hope it’s just a random act, and not one of the many acts of hate that have been plaguing the country as of late against the AAPI community.

“He just couldn’t bring himself to believe that somebody would do that,” said Schofield. “We have no way of telling. But I think in the current climate of things in our country, and all of the Asian American hate that we’ve seen, you can’t rule it out right now.”

While there is no evidence that this was an act of hate, Schofield tells ABC 6 that when he looked at the situation as a whole, and how much restaurants have struggled this year, he said he knew he had to do something.

“When he showed me the broken window I was like, this is enough,” said Schofield. “I need to do something to engage people to help this family out because they just, they don’t deserve this kind of bad luck.”

Schofield created a Go-Fund-Me for the family to help with the cost of repairs, which was estimated to be a little over $1,000. But the community support has been overwhelming, and they’ve currently raised more than $7,000.

“This wasn’t about the money,” said Schofield. “This was demonstrating to a really wonderful, kind family, that when times are hard, it’s not all bad. There’s good in this community.”

“I’m really proud to be a part of Providence and a part of the Hope Street community,” said Pol. “The love from the supporters has already healed my broken heart… I would like to say thank you so much!

ABC 6 reached out to Providence Police to see if there was any update in this case, but has not heard back.

The excess money that was raised will be donated to the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM) which is a local non profit that works to support and elevate Asian American communities.

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