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Restaurant vandalized

Spice Magic restaurant in downtown Penticton was the target of two separate incidents this week.

On Thursday morning, the owners arrived to find their new patio area had been vandalized overnight.

Then sometime overnight Thursday, their front windows were covered in graffiti and garbage was hung on the front door and strewn around the outside of the building.

"Two incidents in two days is worrying with the summer months ahead," said co-owner Seeraj Chawla.

The owners, from Toronto, took over the former location and re-named it Spice Magic about a year ago.

Early this week, they put in the patio area with fencing, so people  can sit and eat outside during the summer.

They were due for an inspection by the City, Friday morning.

Everything was fine Wednesday night, with co-owner Sharat Chawla there until around midnight. But when they came in to open Thursday morning, they saw a pillar holding up the ramp had been pulled out and the fence was broken.

The RCMP was contacted following the first incident, and then again today, following the tagging, which Chawal said looked like abstract art.

The patio area has since been repaired. The owners now plan to put up security cameras and communicate with the City regarding the situation.

"Nobody can stop these things, but there should be more patrols here and maybe cameras at main intersections," said Chawla.

Penticton RCMP Cpl. Martin Trudeau said vandalism and graffiti have increased lately in the city, so they are looking at it and have a plan in place to mitigate it.

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