Owners of an Aberdeen eatery have expressed their anger after a window was smashed at their premises.
The team at the Tartan Pig coffee house were made aware of the damage after being contacted by a concerned customer on Friday night.
The popular eatery on Hollybank Place is now calling on support from local traders and consumers during the localised coronavirus lockdown.
Greg Bain, owner of the Tartan Pig, said: “It’s happened before, so we felt a bit – not fed up, but with everything else that’s going on, we just thought we’d get it boarded up.
“It’s a shame, we’re based in quite a strong community in Ferryhill, and it was a bit disheartening after everything we’ve been through recently.
“It’s just another thing to deal with on top of everything else.
“We’re going to have to try and get it repaired somehow, we’ve not been open so there’s not loads of money floating about for doing that but we’ll just have to get it done.”
Well well, as if we haven’t enough on our plate we received a message from a lovely customer of ours tonight to tell us…
A post on the Tartan Pig’s Facebook page said: “We’re already really struggling at the moment with everything going. But we will not let up we are still open all weekend for take away.”
It continued: “We truly are at the brink of collapse just like many other local businesses so now more than ever support local and shop local where you can.”
“Your guys support really does spur us on that’s just what we started the cafe for community spirit. Hope to see some of you soon x Team TP.”
Messages of support have since flooded their comments feed including suggestions a crowdfunding page could be set up to beat the vandals.
Beach front eatery, the Pier, have also backed the “struggling” company, a Facebook comment said: “Disgusting. Don’t know what is happening anymore. We are happy to help if you need just drop us a DM. We need to pull together now.”
Greg added: “We’ve had a great response from all our customers on Facebook, and we’ve had some donations to repair the windows from customers, which we’re very grateful for.”
The Tartan Pig was last damaged in February last year, when a thief broke through the door and stole a piggy bank containing staff tips.
That incident led to the coffee house featuring on an episode of the BBC’s Caught Red Handed.
Councillor Audrey Nicoll, who serves the Ferryhill and Torry area, said: “I feel sympathetic to The Tartan Pig following this selfish and reckless act of vandalism.
“For this to come at a time when the hospitality industry is under pressure, due to the localised lockdown, adds to the anguish the trader is feeling.”
A police spokeswoman said: “On Friday officers received a report of a vandalism to premises on Hollybank Place in Aberdeen. Police inquiries are ongoing.”