Pagoda Palace: Restaurant Owner Discovers Brick Fragments on Roof, Gets Angry

Dario Hadjian
Yesterday we noted that the Piazza Pelligrini restaurant received a pair of unwelcome guests: Bricks, which fell from the Pagoda Palace demolition site next door.

Restaurateur Dario Hadjian was less than thrilled with the notion of construction debris coming to a rest next to his outdoor cafe tables (the bricks purportedly tumbled within the construction zone, then rolled beneath a fence). So, this morning, when he found more bricks, he was even less than less-than-thrilled.

And he called the cops.

After finding "15 to 20" brick fragments on his roof this morning, Hadjian filed a police report. He then got his insurance agent involved. "Basically, this is giving them fair warning that if this happens again they will definitely be negligent because they have been warned," said Farmer's Insurance agent Thomas Madden, who drafted a polite but terse letter encouraging the segregation of brick fragments and restaurant property.

The long-abandoned Pagoda Palace will serve as the extraction point for the boring machines digging the Central Subway. Muni spokesman Paul Rose countered that the brick fragments from the site on Hadjian's roof were very small.

Matt Huey, the contractor in charge of the Pagoda demolition, offered to clean off the restaurant's roof. Hadjian, however, declined this offer: "I didn't want them to remove the evidence."

Rose says scaffolding and netting will soon be erected, which should catch future bits of flying brick. A gigantic Zaxis 450 LC resembling an earth-mover mounted with a hawk's beak, is sitting in front of the site. By later this week or early next week, it could be in use, demolishing the century-old theater turned derelict eyesore.

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