Con­ces­sion Street bar and grill fire­bombed

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

My Neigh­bour­hood Bar and Grill on Con­ces­sion Street was fire­bombed early Thurs­day morn­ing.

Ed Napoleon, who owns the bar at 794 Con­ces­sion St. just east of Up­per Sher­man Av­enue, said re­cently in­stalled dou­ble-pane win­dows pre­vented sig­nif­i­cant dam­age. “We just opened three months ago and we’ve been do­ing re­ally well, it’s a great restau­rant,” he said. “Maybe some­one doesn’t like that.”

Po­lice re­sponded to the call at about 4:30 a.m. An of­fi­cer said the BEAR unit (break and en­ter, auto theft and rob­bery) is in­ves­ti­gat­ing but wouldn’t com­ment fur­ther.

Napoleon, who opened as usual Thurs­day morn­ing, said he un­der­stands po­lice will in­ves­ti­gate if any­one had rea­son to ben­e­fit from dam­ag­ing his busi­ness.

The bar is in a plaza across the street from homes and apart­ment build­ings. For more than 20 years the old bar was Jack’s Road­house be­fore he ren­o­vated the build­ing, Napoleon said.

Soon af­ter the fire­bomb­ing, he re­ceived a phone call from a friend who had been con­tacted by a phar­macy em­ployee work­ing next door in the plaza. “He said, ‘Some­one is try­ing to burn your place down.’”

Napoleon said he was told the de­vice used was a bot­tle with gaso­line and pa­per in­side that was set on fire be­fore it was thrown.

But the bar was to go ahead with karaoke Thurs­day night and “the best chicken wings in town,” Napoleon said, adding reg­u­lar cus­tomers said they weren’t de­terred.

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