San Francisco restaurant Dim Sum Corner hit with series of vandalism

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It’s been a frustrating couple of months for Jaynry Mak. She’s spent thousands of dollars repairing damages made to Dim Sum Corner after back-to-back vandalism and theft this summer.

The latest break-in happened on Thursday morning after surveillance footage showed a man smashing the glass entrance and stealing two cash registers. KPIX first reported the story.

“Mentally and emotionally, we’re over it,” Mak, managing partner at Dim Sum Corner, told SFGATE. “We don’t look like a business that’s open, and it’s had a significant impact on us.”

The incident occurred around 2 a.m. on Thursday when a man loitering outside Dim Sum Corner, at 601 Grant Ave., hurled an unidentified item at the door, according to Mak. Mak said when she saw surveillance footage later that morning, she saw that the man paced outside the restaurant for a few minutes before he entered the shop and ran out with two cash registers.  


Dim Sum Corner, located at 601 Grant Ave., was burgalrized on Aug. 4, 2022. 


Courtesy of Jaynry Mak

Dim Sum Corner, located at 601 Grant Ave., was burgalrized on Aug. 4, 2022. 

Dim Sum Corner, located at 601 Grant Ave., was burgalrized on Aug. 4, 2022. 


Courtesy of Jaynry Mak


Dim Sum Corner, located at 601 Grant Ave., was burgalrized on Aug. 4, 2022. (Photo: Courtesy of Jaynry Mak)

San Francisco police called Mak around 2:30 a.m. to inform her of the break-in and waited for her arrival so she could board up the restaurant. SFGATE reached out to SFPD for comment but did not hear back by the time of publication.  

In June, Dim Sum Corner was vandalized twice when an individual used a slingshot to smash one of its windows. Days later, a person shattered another window with an unknown object. Due to those prior incidents, Mak told KPIX that she has since kept extra pieces of plywood handy at the restaurant “in anticipation of the next hit.”

Dim Sum Corner wasn’t the only business targeted in Chinatown this week either. KPIX reports that Bregoni Bistro, located at 615 Jackson St., had its windows smashed and iPads stolen on Wednesday morning.

Mak believes that there should be more security in Chinatown. She said some of the preventative measures she’s heard recommended to business owners is to add security cameras, but she’s said that hasn’t discouraged break-ins. Moreover, she adds that some business owners have installed gates, but Mak reasons that it “shouldn’t be the cost of doing business” in San Francisco.  

“As a community, it has been really difficult,” Mak told SFGATE. “I grew up in this city. A lot of businesses in Chinatown have gates and plywood now. It has never been this bad.”

Mak estimates the cost of damages and other expenses for Dim Sum Corner following the break-in will set her back about $5,000. The business had already been 50% below its pre-pandemic levels before the burglary and Mak said sales dropped compared to what they were a week earlier.

For now, Mak said she is working with a local artist who will add artwork to the plywood covering the restaurant entrance, so customers know Dim Sum Corner is still open, especially during the weekend when it’s the busiest.

“I just hope it doesn’t happen to anybody else,” Mak said.



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