Meat may or may not be murder, but vandalism and defacing private property are definitely crimes. Still, some scofflaws chose the front window of tiny, independently owned To the Wind Bistro at 3333 East Colfax Avenue as an impromptu billboard to voice their somewhat unsophisticated views on eating meat.
Chef/co-owner Royce Oliveira was out on the sidewalk earlier today scrubbing up the mess, which fortunately didn't prove much of a match for his elbow grease. The unwanted attention was quite a change from a day ago, when Oliveira and his wife, Leanne Adamson, were honored with an Exceptional Newcomer award at the Colorado Restaurant Association Spotlight Awards party.
A friend drove by at 6:30 a.m. today, noticed the defacement and called Oliveira to let him know; the restaurant owner filed a police report before beginning the cleanup. He says he might leave the added commentary "tasty, tasty murder," which a carnivore with a sense of humor added beneath the purple-scrawled main message, "MEAT IS MURDER."
If you have any information about the culprit, Oliveira would appreciate it if you shared it with the Denver Police Department. And Denver's independent restaurant community, made up of many small eateries that operate on tight margins and compete against a growing armada of national chains, would appreciate it if militant vegetarians — or bored teens with a passion for classic Smiths albums — would direct their ire at targets with deeper pockets. Or better yet, simply stay within the law when spreading the meat-free message.