Venice Cafe Closed Indefinitely After Burglary [UPDATE]

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Update: Venice Cafe posts another message online about plans to reopen on Monday, July 14.

According to a post on the bar and venue's Facebook page, Venice Cafe (1903 Pestalozzi Street; 314-772-5994) is closed indefinitely following a burglary.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department confirms that the owner reported a computer missing and the safe emptied.

See also: Monte Bello Pizza Closed Due to Plumbing Issues

Here's the message:

In the comments, an admin for the FB page writes that all the employees are safe, and seems to blame the incident on an adjacent property: "we need to get 2865 lemp condemned. this is the second time people have crossed over from that derelict property into our garden."

Calls to the cafe were met with a constant busy signal, but we'll update as soon as we get through.

Update: Here's the latest from the cafe's Facebook page, announcing that it will reopen on Monday, July 14 (emphasis ours).

update: first of all we are all completely overwhelmed by the love and support that has been offered to us during this trying time. it has been quite humbling to know that what to us tends to be a day to day job means so much to so many people. thank you. we are working with several local musicians to put together a show to help us make up the loss in revenue and damages to the building. if anyone has anything bad to say about the st. louis music scene they can suck an egg. we have the best community of musicians right up there with anywhere in the world and i am lucky to work with them all. we have a plan of action in place to get back open by tomorrow evening. we decided that the show must literally go on and that the actions of some real shitheels will not keep us down. i will keep updating this page with more info as decisions are made. st. louis is our home, we are proud to be here and we will continue to be here for all of you for many years to come. -everyone at venice cafe

Here's the statement we received from a police spokeswoman:

Incident: Burglary, Property Damage

Location: 1903 Pestalozzi (Venice Cafe)

Date/Time: 7/12/14 @ 02:15- 7/12/14 @ 09:30

Suspect(s): Unknown

The owner of the restaurant reported that he left the restaurant at the above time and secured all doors and windows. When he returned to the restaurant, he noticed that a middle second floor window was open and an office door has been forced open. The restaurant's safe sustained heavy damage and was emptied and the computer was reported missing. The investigation is ongoing.

Here's what people are saying on social media:

Email the author at Jessica.Lussenhop@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Jeffrey R. Graves
Jeffrey R. Graves

This place is special. Very nice people that own/run it. So sorry to hear this.

Brett Johnson
Brett Johnson

They are back open already. Go spend money there to help

Cory Hart
Cory Hart

How about a Kickstarter to open back up and get some better security?

Marissa McClure
Marissa McClure

Kathi McClure glad we got to go there before this happened. :(

Jillian Ashley
Jillian Ashley

This is absolutely horrible. There is no way those burglars will get away with this.

Theirry Less
Theirry Less

If you go to their page, they are trying to be open by tomorrow evening.

Dan Hrin
Dan Hrin

That Sucks !! I was just there Friday night !!

Marlin Rogers
Marlin Rogers

Sorry to hear. Cops was runing radar on highway where the real criminals are at in the morning and evening

fccsc
fccsc

RFT, The Venice Cafe is not a restaurant ! It hasn't served food there in about four years or more ! I hate to hear what happened, but I will be there for sure when they reopen. It's my favorite place to go.

Ruby Kroon
Ruby Kroon

My favorite place in St. Louis! Glad to hear the community is reaching out to them. They reopen Monday. Let's remember to swing by there.

beet666
beet666

They are planning to reopen on Monday wish the RFT would change the headline of the article so people would not think they are close and kill there business.  

Jason M Parker
Jason M Parker

Cuba. Thanks. I was asking not accusing. Ashame what our shitty. I mean city of at Louis is

Cuba
Cuba

My dad works here. They broke in through a window

Cuba
Cuba

My mother is in a wheelchair and she gets in here all the time.

Samantha Beaver
Samantha Beaver

According to the news the bar isn't closed but could be due to the robbery. Maybe the community can pull together to help them because that place is way beyond awesome!

Linda Althea Kenney
Linda Althea Kenney

Did they not have insurance? I cannot imagine it staying closed for too long!

Ken Dean
Ken Dean

Who gives A Shit ....shoot some of those fucking thugs in the fucking head and this shit will stop....then their mamas will cry " my baby be dead, my baby be deader than shit"

Chris Gee
Chris Gee

I hate that fuck heads like that ruin everything for everybody . I've never been to that place but it looks like a cool little cafe and a place I would have definitely gone to. Action needs to be taken immediately again shit like that.

Eliott Harris
Eliott Harris

First a stray bullet hitting a band member at The BOB...now this. #Sad

Karla Terhark
Karla Terhark

I was so excited about going there last night & was sad to see the sign on the door that they were closed. This place can't close! Sounds like a job for kick starter!

nickc4
nickc4

Word on the street is they reopen Monday the 14th.

Sunni Jefferson
Sunni Jefferson

That sucks ass. When I lived on the southside I drove by that place and it always made me smile.

rsmo22
rsmo22

When is the benefit show?

peppy
peppy

you're thinking of ballwin. based on what i've seen, metro PD worries about more important things

aedelm
aedelm

I was wondering the same thing! Not in a callous way by any means, but insurance is part of the cost of doing business.  I hope they're not getting the runaround from their provider.  

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