LAS VEGAS (KLAS– A car crashed into a restaurant soon to open in Las Vegas on Sunday – and nearly pierced the wall of a nearby restaurant before stopping, according to a video.
Rochelle Hodge, the owner of the restaurant, says the accident further delayed its grand opening (initially scheduled for mid-June), but she is happy that no one was injured.
What started out as a typical Sunday turned into something very different for Hodge, the owner of Twice Baked Gourmet Potatoes. His company, which has served customers elsewhere for years, was scheduled to open its first storefront on June 15.
Then, on May 30, a car crashed through the front door. He ended up completely inside the building.
Surveillance video from the restaurant next door, Paulie’s South Street Steaks, shows the car hitting a wall the two businesses share. Two people sitting at a table near the wall were having lunch at this time.
Fortunately, nobody was hurt.
Hodge’s space on Friday was still showing signs of the crash.
“This here would be a seated customer,” Hodge told KLAS of a seating area she planned to put near the front door. If Twice Baked was open, someone could have been sitting in the way to the car and being killed.
“I watch everything for a reason, because remember, if we were open and our employees and customers were there, it would have been a tragedy,” Hodge said.
“I’m so glad it wasn’t opened as it could easily have been a fatality,” said Mel Singer, co-owner of Paulie’s. “I’m just happy that none of our clients were hurt.”
Surrounded by dust and debris, there is hope in the now barricaded space.
“It’s just a speed bump on our path to success,” said Twice Baked manager Mercedes Fuller. “It’s going to go very well. “
Hodge said she hopes to open her restaurant in August. Its original target date was February 2021, but due to the pandemic and authorization delays, the opening has been pushed back to June.
A friend has moved in a GoFundMe page for Hodge to help pay its employees and cover all other emergency costs. She had insurance.
Witnesses said the driver and his passenger were doing well after the crash. KLAS contacted Metro police for further details, but the request was denied. The archives department cited the ongoing investigation as a reason for not disclosing more details.