The well known Italian restaurant in the Tower District was the moment identified as a “concealed gem” of Fresno.
But you will find no hiding the suffering, disappointment, and loss, from numerous burglaries, that strike even tougher for the duration of the pandemic.
“They did injury that wasn’t needed. A large amount of the goods that they stole they did not even consider. They burned it in the dumpster,” says proprietor Louis Maglieri.
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Maglieri is living by means of the worst kind of deja vu after a seventh break-in over the Thanksgiving vacation 7 days.
Oggi’s was shut due to the fact of point out-purchased pandemic shutdowns but Louis claims shuttered doorways are an open invitation to crime. And he thinks men and women who reside in encampments behind his enterprise are at the rear of the split-ins.
“They hold slicing by means of the fence, they steal my things all the time. They vandalize,” he claims.
Maglieri has been in the cafe business for some 40 decades but this ordeal is all new to him. He’s a lot more than discouraged by the combined messages from the leading down.
When you have persons like our govt residing like royalty, and I are not able to offer a plate of pasta with 6 feet of social distancing, we have a challenge in this country,” he states.
Point out Senator Andreas Borgeas also believes we have issues. The to start with a single he claims is no details on sources of COVID to back again up cafe closures and second, no assistance for the struggling market – but he is using motion.
“I am introducing a Hold California Functioning act and that would allow for for $2.6 billion to be devoted to firms and their staff to permit them to get via this incredible time period,” he states.
Maglieri says he’s shed near to fifty percent a million bucks concerning closures and break-ins but the toll on his family and workers cannot be measured.
Borgeas claims he has bipartisan support for the Retain California Doing the job Act and hopes to push it through the legislature on an “urgency basis”.
Until eventually then, Louis Maglieri is altering once more to survive this latest requested closure, modifying the menu to food stuff that ‘travels better’ for take-out.
He is also ending the patio addition to be completely ready to serve outdoors, when constraints are lifted.
He claims Fresno Law enforcement have arrived at out to him and are making an attempt to enable come across a answer to the repeated crack-ins and vandalism.
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