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One of the oddities of the Gaston-Garland-East Grand triangle has always been the parking area “above” the Subway shopping center south of Gaston: I’ve always found that parking lot behind the center a bit creepy, especially at night, because the lighting in and around there is pretty limited. That also happens to be the parking lot for the new Cane Rosso pizza restaurant that was scheduled to open a few days ago.

Keri Mitchell pointed out that delays in city permitting already have pushed back the opening, and now Teresa Gubbins reports that thefts over the weekend are pushing back the opening even further.

Gubbins says burglars broke into the restaurant space Thursday night and again Sunday morning. Thursday night’s theft netted a meat slicer and two tea urns. Sunday’s break-in resulted in the loss of an espresso machine, various kitchen equipment and a construction worker’s welding equipment. The shop also was trashed with broken glass and water spraying from the quick dismantling of the espresso machine.

The restaurant manager told Gubbins he thought Deep Ellum was supposed to be the scary place, meaning this is supposed to be a “safe” neighborhood. He’s right on the frontier there, though, what with the nearby car wash and Tampico day-rate motels within easy walking distance of Cane Rosso. Thanks to Garland and East Grand, thieves have quick get-away access, too.

Criminal activity definitely has been driven down over the years; I’m just saying if you want to find trouble, a little south and east of Cane Rosso is a good place to start. I imagine Lincoln Property is working on some new security plans now that they’re getting a rather brusque welcome to the neighborhood. And no word on when the restaurant will be opening now.


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