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Dec 7, 2006 12:23 AM

After-hours robbery at Spicy Mina...

I was eating lunch at Spicy Mina in Woodside this afternoon when a policeman walked in and asked to interview the proprietor. What I learned from the policeman and a clearly-upset Mina was especially sad considering the struggling restaurant didn't need something really crappy to happen to it...

Apparently, last Friday, she had a rather busy dinner crowd, including a really large group who drove up from Washington D.C. And the end of the evening, the restaurant had its best day yet (in terms of total gross).

Then, while cleaning up with just the male cook after closing, 3 armed men came in the restaurant through the side door that had been left unlocked. Two of them had knives and the other pointed a gun at Mina, who handed over all the cash she'd taken in on her restaurant's best day.

She wasn't hurt, at least. But still... how f-ckng crappy is that to happen to her, a woman who works literally seven days a week...

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  1. Certainly sad, but: how much business is still done with cash in the restaurant industry these days? Percentagewise I bet pretty small anyways.

    5 Replies
    1. re: RicRios

      In NYC, there a lot of places that still do 100% cash business.

      1. re: RicRios

        It's peculiar to see the news that Mina was robbed at gun & knifepoint dismissed with an offhanded "certainly sad". Is your assertion that the restaurant industry as a whole doesn't do as much of its business with cash as it used to, supposed make the news about her misfortune less upsetting to people who have been following her and her restaurant(s) for years?

        1. re: Helen F

          No, my assertion was not supposed to make the news less upsetting. If that's the impression you got from my posting, I apologize. I only meant that most restaurants nowadays do very little cash business, and that the monetary loss should (hopefully) be minimal.

          1. re: RicRios

            As welle said, not if they're low-end (and in some cases medium-end) restaurants in New York, which is where this took place.

            1. re: Pan

              even Peter Luger is cash only. A lot of even high-ish end restaurants accept only 1 type of card like AmEx, which makes them like 2/3 or 3/4 cash only business.

      2. Wow. We were the last customers to finish that night (and paid in cash I might add). Mina was in very high spirits. In fact after some previous mixed experiences we were utterly won over this time by a steller meal as well as the genuine hospitality. We're now true believers and look forward to many returns. Go!

        1. I heard about this in the neighborhood, as things like this really don't happen too often around here. Really sad and infuriating. I wonder if someone spotted the unusually large crowd in there and decided to hold them up? Although the neighborhood is very safe overall, there has definitely been some concern about some activities, and some of the people hanging around, a couple of blocks close to Mina's

          In any event, I think I'll stop by later today and give them some of my money...