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SoBo Cafe Looking For Driver Who Crashed Into Outdoor Dining Parklet Overnight

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- A Baltimore restaurant already struggling for business during the coronavirus pandemic is now having to clean up and reset after a driver crashed into their outdoor dining area overnight.

SoBo Cafe in Federal Hill posted Sunday that their parklet was destroyed overnight.

"(The car) basically took out two-thirds of our parklet," owner Anna Leventis said. "The car kind of was out of control."

She added it was lucky the restaurant was closed at the time.

Still, it's an added stress during an already challenging time.

"It's just really been a struggle, so when this happened it's just like piling it on," Leventis said.

The eatery said a white Nissan Altima, possibly a 2018 model, crashed into the parklet around 12:50 a.m. They are looking for video that may have caught the plate numbers.

The crash, though, isn't stopping them from serving the community.

"We are happy to take your carry out orders and will continue to offer outdoor seating while we build things back up," the cafe wrote on Facebook on Sunday. "Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us today about this. Your kind words and support are what keeps us going."

Baltimore Police did respond to the crash site on Charles Street at W. Cross Street. around 1 a.m. They said the suspect vehicle left the scene before they arrived.

Our beautiful parklet was destroyed last night. Thankfully no one was hurt. This is a devastating blow to our business...

Posted by SoBo Cafe on Sunday, October 18, 2020

This story was originally published on Oct. 18, 2020. 

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