Sixteen window panels were smashed at 8-Bit over the New Year’s Eve weekend. The burger restaurant has been targeted again. Photo: Jason SouthFootscray burger restaurant 8bit has been targeted by vandals for the second time in a week.
Over the New Year’s weekend, the burger and shakes venue had its windows smashed. The words “F— off hipster scum” were also scrawled across the front door.
During the early hours of Saturday morning, the Droop Street store was targeted again.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the restaurant was targeted by a man and a woman about 2am.
“A number of windows and doors were smashed with a rock,” she said.
“Police quickly responded, however the pair had fled.”
8bit co-owner Shayne McCallum said he believed the same man and woman were responsible for both attacks.
He said six windows including the glass automatic door were damaged in the latest vandalism.
“We’ll just get some roller shutters and hopefully prevent them from doing anymore damage,” Mr McCallum said.
“We just boarded it up and traded as usual today.
“On the flipside, everyone’s really good, like the community’s been really good.
“They’re like texting me or people I don’t even know doing Facebook messenger and saying ‘we visited the area, we love it, we’re coming for lunch just to support’ and ‘hopefully it will pay for the windows’, some other people wrote.”
8bit is not the only relatively new establishment to be targeted in the rapidly gentrifying suburb of Footscray in recent weeks.
A bag of meat was thrown through the front door of Rudimentary cafe last month, while other bars and restaurants have reported vandalism.
Susan Cram, a resident of Melbourne’s inner west for five years, says locals are worried the vandalism represents a “hidden class war”.
“After the AFL grand final last year the community was so together,” she said.
“For this sort of violence to be happening, this discontent to be brewing and manifesting itself after that wonderful time, is a bit scary. Who’s next?”
Anyone with further information about the vandalism is being urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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