The Empire Eats group owns five restaurants in downtown Raleigh — five different places from which thieves have the opportunity to take off with tchotchkes and flatware. But it seems the most popular restaurant for thieves is the Raleigh Times Bar under the watch of chef Primo Zinani. Here now, Samantha Hatem, spokesperson for the restaurant group, shares some of the most commonly filched items:
"We have had many things stolen! Especially at our Raleigh Times Bar, where we USED to have a nice collection of vintage pin-up girl pictures, which were bolted to the men's bathroom walls. They were stolen, and we were very sad. They were big, too. So not only did someone somehow manage to pull them off the wall (with screws and everything) they somehow smuggled it out of the bar (in their pants?).
A gnome promoting some kind of beer was stolen from behind the bar. And a framed customized "Obama Times" poster, which commemorated his visit to the Raleigh Times in 2008 was stolen. That was sad, too."