South Side Restaurant Goes Dark After Someone Steals Electrical Wires

Mike Krauser
May 17, 2018 - 12:50 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A restaurant that’s become an institution in the black community on Chicago’s South Side has been out of business for two days after someone removed electrical wires feeding the building.  

"Maybe this is an electrician who has fallen on hard times, no pun intended," said Captain Hard Times co-owner Victor Love, speaking in the darkened restaurant also known as Josephine’s Cooking, for his mom, Josephine “Mother” Wade.   

Her name is on the street sign outside. 

"People come here to get advice and get direction. All of those things if you walk around and look at the walls - look at the history on the wall - it says it all," Love said. "So where a person in their right mind wants to be out of business, the community is compelling us to stay in business, even...I don't know if you remember the scene in the 'Godfather' where is says, just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in, so the community won't let her go." 

Love, who's president of the 79th Street Business Association, said repairs may cost more than $12,000, that for copper wire that may have brought a couple hundred to the theif. 

Surveillance video caught the Tuesday night crime. A man can be seen with a ladder and cable cutters.

Love said police evidence techs lifted finger prints. But, the video of the man is nor clear enough to make out his face.  

The restaurant has had to throw away a lot of food and has been out of business for two days. 

Love said most people would have closed up shop long ago, noting "the money we're not making." But, he said, because its an institution, the community has not allowed that. Now, he's hoping the community steps up and helps out.  

The restaurant, he noted, is a place where politicians hold events, advice and help is dispensed and nobody is judged.