Couple’s Solana Beach restaurant targeted by thieves

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SOLANA BEACH – Restaurants are having a tough time keeping their doors open during the pandemic. But a Solana Beach couple now says they have one more thing to worry about after a thief recently stole their outdoor dining furniture.

Marie and Jaime Brawn run Homestead Solana Beach, a neighborhood cafe and market off Cedros Avenue. To comply with San Diego County’s public health order, the restaurant moved its tables and chairs outside in order to cater to guests under the new guidelines.

When they arrived at work Thursday, they found their entire outdoor dining area was wiped clean — and chairs, tables and umbrellas were gone.

“The roller coaster is pretty intense,” Marie Brawn said. “We wake up every day not knowing what the new restriction is going to be and we’re just trying to put one foot in front of the other.”

She adds, “When something like this happens, it’s just a hurdle that we don’t need.”

The Brawns have been working during the pandemic to feed needy families. They donate meals through their charity +BOX, which provides food at no charge to K-12 families in local school districts.

“We’re trying to put good out there and serve people,” she said. “This kind of thing — it’s hard to find the lesson.”

Until they replace the stolen furniture, the couple said they won’t be able to open their outdoor seating area. A GoFundMe drive was established to support their effort, raising more than half of its $20,000 goal as of 11 p.m. Friday.

Despite the setback, Marie said they’re not going to stop helping families in need.

“When dark comes, we need to put out more light,” she said. “Even though we’re in a hardship right now, we’re going to turn the page and we’re going to keep going with our mission to feed these families.

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