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Brails Restaurant closes after break-in

The restaurant on 17th and Willamette will be back up and running on Thursday morning.

Posted: Feb 26, 2020 12:52 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2020 6:27 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Brails Restaurant on 17th Avenue and Willamette Street is closed on Wednesday after a break-in.

Manager and server Nicole Kneisler said the incident happened early in the morning, sometime before 6 a.m.

A Make-A-Wish donation jar was stolen that was placed inside as a fundraiser by the Sigma Chi fraternity at the University of Oregon.

“When I entered the building, there was glass in the whole front room and the window was very broken,” Kneisler said.

A police report was filed and fingerprints were taken. They also took a look at surveillance video.

Kneisler said this isn’t the first incident at the restaurant.

“This is the second time in the last year that we’ve had a break-in. They don’t usually take anything,” Kneisler said. “It’s normally vandalism, or today they took a donation jar.”

KEZI 9 News spoke to many customers who were unaware that the restaurant was closed for the day until they saw the sign on the door.

Eugene resident Blane Lawton said he rushed over to the restaurant to make it inside before their closing time at 2 p.m.

“I was looking forward to having breakfast for lunch, because this is one of the best breakfast places in Eugene."

One father and daughter were looking forward to grabbing breakfast at one of their favorite spots.

“All of my friends are always like, let’s go to Brails on Saturday morning when we wake up," Cassidy Kovell, a UO student, said.

"I think it’s the best breakfast spot in town," Rob Kovell, her father, said.

The window is being repaired and the restaurant will be open on Thursday, Feb. 27, starting at 7 a.m. for normal business hours.

“We’re sorry for any inconvenience,” Kneisler said.

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