A pair of weekend car crashes have put two popular Eastside restaurants out of commission, as one car plowed into a Chinese restaurant in Atwater Village and another seriously damaged a diner in Eagle Rock.
The first accident took place in Atwater, with a wayward driver ending up inside the dining room of Coral Reef, an older Chinese restaurant on the corner of Glendale and Garden. NBC 4 says the accident occurred Friday morning just before 9 a.m., with one person being transported to the hospital.
One person injured after SUV plows into Chinese restaurant in Atwater Village https://t.co/C4efuG3C3i pic.twitter.com/XAQ88xmzsK— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) June 10, 2016
The other weekend crash heavily damaged Cindy's in Eagle Rock, a beloved diner favorited by locals. As below photos sent out from the Cindy's team directly show, someone managed to swerve off Colorado Boulevard and land inside the front entrance to the restaurant, taking out a couple of booths in the process. Thankfully the nearly 70 year old restaurant was closed during the crash, which reportedly happened around 1 a.m. on Saturday morning.
A truck crashed into Cindy's last night. We'll be closed for a few weeks for repairs. @FOXLA @NBCLA @ABC7 @CBSLA pic.twitter.com/Mv8zgASWyP— Cindy's Eagle Rock (@CindysEagleRock) June 11, 2016
Sadly, this isn't even the first time a car has crashed into Cindy's, despite it being set off from the road and surrounded by a large parking lot. A similar incident took out much of the building in 2007, during an odd spate of restaurant crashes in Eagle Rock that also included Pete's Blue Chip and Swork Coffee, according to local LA1 News.
This morning, Cindy's tweeted out a thank you to the supportive community around the restaurant, saying that they're already hoping to be back up and running as quickly as possible. The fate of Coral Reef in Atwater Village remains unknown, but hopefully the restaurant can similarly get back on its feet soon.