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Restaurant owner heartbroken after break-in

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The front door of La Escondida Mexican Grill is boarded up after vandals broke in early Thursday morning. The front door of La Escondida Mexican Grill is boarded up after vandals broke in early Thursday morning.

MADISON (WKOW) -- A Madison restaurant is boarded up after vandals broke in and damaged the business.

According to owner Jessica Torres, it happened overnight Wednesday at La Escondida Mexican Grill, the family restaurant she worked so hard to open just nine months ago.

“It was just a lot of emotions when I saw the police,” she said. “I was very upset because that day was Mother's Day for Mexican people.”

Torres isn't sure how the thieves got into her business on S. Park Street. Although the front door was broken, her sister Maru suspects they came in through a different door.

“There's three entrances. This one, the kitchen and then another one, which another guy in the building actually uses that entrance,” she said.

The suspects didn't manage to get away with much.

“A TV was trying to get taken off and it was damaged in the process. Stuff in the bar was taken out,” Maru Torres said.

This isn't the first time Jessica Torres says she's been the victim of vandals since opening her restaurant. She says her car has also been vandalized in the parking lot next to the building.

“When I opened, my car was scratched a lot. And my tired were slashed,” she said.

Torres said she works hard to give back to the community, which is why she says it's difficult to understand why her business was targeted.

“There wasn't anything of value here besides. What we offer of value is the experience," Maru said.

“Don't do it to anybody else," Jessica Torres said. "Because that's very hard. People just came and do damage for nothing. It's very hard.”

Torres hopes to reopen the restaurant Saturday. She reported the vandalism to police, who are investigating.

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