East Nashville restaurant struggling with string of thefts

Posted at 10:45 PM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 23:45:07-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — An East Nashville restaurant said it's suffered a string of thefts since it first opened its doors earlier this year.

Pelican and Pig said it started with a potted plant being stolen from in front of the building. Since then, owners have seen several paintings taken off the shop's walls and even had a deer head stolen from the restroom.

"That one i think was a little more imaginative getting it out," Pelican and Pig owner and chef Audra Guidry said. "It's very frustrating."

Guidry said so far, the thefts have totaled hundreds of dollars.

"It's money that my husband and I spent, we're not making millions of dollars here. We're a brand new start up just trying to create jobs and a cool place for the neighborhood, and you feel taken advantage of."

But for Guidry, the loss is more than money.

"The paintings are rough. It was an up and coming artist who did something specifically for my husband...he cant get that back and neither can I."

Guidry said since most of the thefts happened inside of the bathrooms, security cameras are not an option.