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Monday, June 11, 2012

Sister Louisa's Church bounces back (and quickly) after Saturday's break-in

The scene at Church on Saturday
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The motto at Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium: Fuck fear. The vandal or vandals who ransacked the bar early Saturday morning — breaking some front windows and the front door, smashing most of bottles of liquor on display behind the bar, and turning on the beer taps so the kegs would run dry — probably hoped to intimidate owner Grant Henry (a.k.a. artist Sister Louisa), his staff, and his bar's patrons. Naturally, it didn't work.

"If it wasn't the top Saturday night we've ever had," Henry tells CL, "it was the second top night."

By the time doors opened the evening after the break in, the windows had been replaced, and the broken glass had been cleaned up by helpful friends and neighbors. The Edgewood Avenue bar, which is busy on weekend nights as it is, was even more packed than usual by patrons eager to demonstrate their support as suspicions swirled that it was targeted by those averse to the bar's theme and decor, which — how to put it — make light of religion.

"I don't think it was just a random act," Henry says, pointing out that although a register full of cash, an iPhone, and a computer were in plain view, nothing was stolen. None of Henry's art was stolen or damaged either. Had the bar's security alarm not gone off, Henry isn't necessarily sure that would have been the case. As for the damage that was done, the extra business on Saturday and Sunday nights basically paid to replace the windows and the bottles of booze.

In the aftermath, Church plans to have security cameras installed on the front and back of the building, as well as behind the bar. Henry has also discussed with officials the potential that the city might have a camera installed at the corner of Edgewood and Boulevard. APD spokesman Carlos Campos says, "This was brought to my attention, as well as the attention of Zone 6 leadership, over the weekend. We're investigating it as a destruction to property/vandalism case," but no suspects have emerged, as yet.

Once again, Henry has had an excuse to say "Fuck fear."

"For me, I'm used to plowing through adversity," Henry adds, "It's done and gone, and we've got it all cleaned up."

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