When Sister Louisa’s Church of Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium first opened a year and a half ago, the tongue-in-cheek bar/shrine to Owner Grant Henry’s brand of kitschy religious-themed folk art ruffled a few feathers in the neighborhood. But, aside from butting heads with some of the churchgoers in the neighborhood, Church has thrived. But this weekend, the bar in Edgewood got a taste of some less than Christian behavior.
In the wee hours of Saturday morning at 5:12 a.m., Henry received a call alerting him to the fact that the motion detectors in the first floor had gone off. By the time he made it over to the bar, the perpetrators had fled and the police had already arrived.
Henry arrived to find multiple windows on the front of the bar smashed out, most of the liquor bottles on display at “the altar” (the downstairs bar) smashed, and perhaps the most nefarious act of vandalism, the beer kegs left running in the hopes of draining them dry.
After observing the crime scene and noting that nothing of value was stolen, despite the fact that things like a laptop computer and a register full of cash were out in plain sight, and that all of the vandalism was targeted at the alcohol and windows with the word “church” or crosses on it, Henry believes it was a hate crime.
Henry tells Atlanta Magazine, “This doesn’t have anything to do with a break in. It was definitely targeted.”
But friends and fans rallied, and the extra business brought in as a show of support on Saturday and Sunday nights helped cover the nearly $3,000 in damage done by the vandals.
As of now, the APD has no suspects.
- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog