Mi Amor Restaurant and Bar Reopens, Courageous Owners Bounce Back Stronger

"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"

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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.

Cash register left completely destroyed.

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.

The resilient Dream Team of Mi Amor Restaurant and Bar, Vaimoana and Jesse Lee.

“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.

OUR DOORS WILL OPEN THIS WEEK BECAUSE GOD’S GOT US!.”
And Mi Amor Restaurant and Bar did just that! By Wednesday 25th August the elegant setting of Mi Amor was ready for its customers.
The elegant ambiance of Mi Amor Restaurant and Bar.
Vaimoana and Jesse Lee say although they are saddened by the cruel acts of these people, the setback has only challenged them to build back stronger. The Dream Team couple have shown their faith in God through the ordeal, and through hard work and determination, they have been able to reopen their doors to their customers, as planned.
A family member has posted that two teens have been arrested, however, police continue to hunt for two adults allegedly behind the incident..
Acting Police Commissioner, Papalii Monalisa-Keti has been asked for an update on police investigations into this incident.

Marieta H Ilalio