It was a scene that broke the hearts of Mi Amor Restaurant and Bar owners, but it didn’t stop Jesse and Vaimoana Lee from rebuilding and opening their doors to the public within days of being vandalised, in a senseless act of lawlessness where hooligans left the young couple’s business in ruins.
The Mi Amor Restaurant and Bar at Motootua was under construction when it was broken into on Sunday night; its walls graffitied and property destroyed. The owners belongings were ransacked, trashed and left wrecklessly splattered across the floor.
Photos taken by the owners were posted on social media showing graffitied walls and a bathroom mirror, with vulgar language showing culprits depicting themselves as: “666” and “illuminati was here”.
Vaimoana posted a courageous message of a business owner who was not going to allow the incident to break them and keep them from bouncing back to reopen their doors.
“Not going to lie… this morning I was literally heartbroken and my faith tested but the outreach of love from our families and friends has really healed and calmed my heart to keep the faith and to know that God is in control,” Mrs Hunt-Lee said.
“To the people who did this: You may have robbed us of our bar and kitchen stock, graffitied our walls, set us back budget wise but we won’t let you rob us of opening this week.