52 Restaurants Closing Prompts Dc Business Owner To Issue Warning About Rising Prices And Crime Rates

Wagswoofs –  Dozens of restaurants in Washington, D.C., have shut down because of rising crime and high rent prices. One business owner said he was sick of his employees and customers being threatened, robbed, and carjacked.

In 2023, a total of 52 restaurants in Washington D.C. have closed down, as reported by the Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Association.

The crime surge in the nation’s capital is a growing concern, as the Metropolitan Police Department data shows that homicides have reached a record high in over 20 years, with 261 murders reported as of December 14. Additionally, there has been a significant increase in robberies, which have risen by 69% this year, and thefts have also seen a 24% increase.

Motor vehicle theft has seen a significant increase of 84% compared to the previous year. Similarly, there has been a notable rise of 39% in violent crime rates.

Noe Landini, CEO of REX Management, revealed in an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Friday that carjackings have been occurring with marked police cruisers and ambulances. Landini, who recently closed his restaurant in Washington, D.C., expressed concern over this alarming trend.

“It’s gotten to the point where even a Red Cross van that was supposed to feed the homeless got carjacked. I couldn’t believe it,” he expressed his concern.

Landini and his colleagues decided against renewing their restaurant lease, stating that it didn’t make financial sense for them as an investment. Additionally, he raised concerns about the city’s leadership and their handling of crime-related issues.

“What is the ultimate goal for mayors in D.C. or New York when they seem to be intentionally undermining their cities and neglecting to provide the necessary resources for conducting business?” Landini inquired.

Landini has decided to relocate his business to Virginia instead of renewing the lease. He states that his decision is based on the “extremely aggressive and uncomfortable” encounters he has had with panhandlers.

According to him, the drive to the destination only takes 15 minutes, which not only provides a quicker experience but also ensures a safer one. He emphasized that this not only benefits the employees but also spares the customers from the challenges they currently face in downtown.

According to Landini, the city is still grappling with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the police force has been unable to effectively carry out their duties. Consequently, this has created a sense of fear among business owners, hindering them from fulfilling their own responsibilities.

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