ROGERS PARK — Heartland Café bar patrons got a surprise late Sunday night when the door leading into the café's store was shattered by a rock hurling through it, Managing Partner Tom Rosenfeld said.
Around 11:40 p.m., the pub portion of the Heartland and adjacent Red Line Tap were still open and serving customers. Rosenfeld said it didn't appear that the burglar made it into the store or stole any items.
No one was injured in the incident, Rosenfeld said, and by Monday morning the café was bustling with customers and a thin piece of plywood covered the smashed glass door, sitting propped open by a small brick.
The Heartland wasn't the only business to be broken into over the weekend.
A manager for Chuckie's Bar, just a block south at 1412 W. Morse Ave., said around 3 a.m. the night before someone had thrown a brick through his bar, and had made off with several bottles of liquor.
Businesses have reported being hit by smash-and-grabs since last year.
The Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce had a brick thrown through its window in September, and prior to that, police had alerted businesses in the area to a rash of similar crimes occurring in the Rogers Park and Edgewater area.
In October, The Growling Rabbit and neighbor Unan Imports were both broken into on the same day after their windows were also smashed in.
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