Oakland restaurant closes after threat made in letter |

Oakland restaurant closes after threat made in letter


City police are investigating a threat made in a letter against an Oakland eatery, spokeswoman Sonya Toler said Saturday.

Conflict Kitchen, a kiosk in Schenley Plaza that serves food from countries with which the United States has strained relationships, closed Friday and remained closed Saturday, according to the restaurant’s website.

Someone sent the letter to police, Toler said. She was unsure as to when police received it. She declined to provide details of the letter.

“(W)e will be closed until the credibility of the letter can be established by the Pittsburgh police. We hope to reopen shortly,” the Conflct Kitchen stated on its website.

Owner Jon Rubin, an art instructor at Carnegie Mellon University, couldn’t be reached Saturday.

The restaurant is located at Schenley and Roberto Clemente drives. The eatery started serving Palestinian food in early October.

Saturday, supporters used painter’s tape to attach notes of support to the eatery.

One note read, “Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to … me not getting delicious food.”

Staff Writer Michael Wereschagin contributed to this report. Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or [email protected].

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