Shopkeepers board companies in Van Nuys following looting



On Tuesday afternoon, Anastasia Azaryan was portray the phrases “we’re open,” alongside along with her household restaurant’s cellphone quantity, in massive lilac letters on the picket boards masking the entrance of Kebab and Pizza Time on Van Nuys Boulevard.

Azaryan, 39, mentioned the protests in Van Nuys on Monday, which began peacefully, had left her shaken.

Some had come to her asking if they might have drinks.

“Are you a protester?” she requested. After they mentioned sure, she gave them free drinks from the restaurant’s fridge.

However then, the interactions acquired extra aggressive. One group took nearly her whole stock.

“They grabbed drinks and left. I used to be afraid,” she mentioned. “I eliminated every little thing I might from [the restaurant]. I used to be afraid they’d put it on fireplace.”

When one other crowd got here by minutes later and located nothing within the fridge, they grew indignant and shoved tables and chairs, breaking some objects.

Peaceable protests started within the metropolis at 7:30 a.m., with demonstrators chanting the title of George Floyd and asking for justice. The bulk who spent the day on the intersection of Van Nuys and Sylvan Road left simply earlier than a countywide curfew went into impact within the night.

However by 5 p.m., looting had begun to mar the scene.

A number of enterprise homeowners stood outdoors their storefronts, and a few put up plywood over their home windows. A number of outlets hung indicators studying “BLM,” expressing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter motion.

On Tuesday, lots of the indicators remained. Some, like Azaryan’s, introduced they have been open and requested patrons to enter by rear doorways. Passersby provided to assist Azaryan and different retailer homeowners clear up the mess left behind from protesters. However many companies have been closed.

Azaryan mentioned she’d had no orders by early afternoon. She patted her cellphone in her pocket, signaling she was ready for purchasers whereas she painted.

She mentioned hoped that individuals driving in Van Nuys would see the signal and name in for meals.

She had delivered 5 bins of hamburgers to law enforcement officials in Van Nuys and North Hollywood earlier within the day.

“The police did wonderful job,” she mentioned. “We’re all happy with them.”

Azaryan hasn’t been in a position to take out any loans to assist pay her hire, and the few orders she does get every week hardly pay for her utilities.

Making kebabs and different meals can be changing into dearer as the worth of meat will increase, she mentioned. And now, so as to add to the hardship, she fears protesters are scaring much more clients away.

“There’s no enterprise. We misplaced 90% of cash. Our landlord needs full cash for hire. It looks as if nobody cares about small companies,” she mentioned.

“I simply sit right here as a result of there’s no clients. That is my final hope.”