Jeff Barr is the chef/owner of Elements at the Quarrier Diner. Wednesday morning, police say the new restaurant was burglarized.
Barr said, “To make a couple of bucks or lay and get drunk it an alley somewhere. It just doesn’t make any sense.”
The Elements at the Quarrier Diner has only been open to the public for a little more than a month. They’re getting great reviews and really enjoying being able to do what they genuinely love inside of building with such rich history.
What happened Wednesday morning was the last thing Barr expected to kick off the new year.
“It’s just like somebody shoved their leg out and tripped you right in the middle of everything,” he said.
Investigators say an employee walked into the restaurant this morning to get the day started. He say a man in a green hoodie inside.
In total, police say three men made their way in, and made themselves at home.
Charleston Police say those three suspects busted open the back door to get in. Around 8 a.m., that was the same door they were chased out of.
“We chased them down the street and were able to get a little bit out of them of what they had,” Barr said.
A physical altercation ensued, according to police. The suspects took off. But not before, Barr said, getting away with more than $4,000 worth of product. “Filet, pork tenderloin, chicken tenders, milk, a lot of liquor,” he said.
For now, no arrests have been made in the case. As for the restaurant, they took it in stride and went to the store and were open for dinner service.
Meantime, Charleston Police are searching for those suspects.
“It doesn’t make any sense,” Barr said. “Coming in and stealing product, taking things that don’t belong to you. It just doesn’t make any sense.”
If you have any information in the case, you’re asked to call Charleston Police.