Sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Monday, The Foundry Concert Club in Lakewood received a call from Lakewood police that a construction rubble rock was thrown through its window.
Owner of The Foundry, Lisa Covelli, told Scene
that while Lakewood PD is reviewing security footage today from a neighboring business, there are no leads and the window desperately needs to be replaced.
"The window is pretty old, and we were worried large pieces of glass would injure someone because it's not shatterproof," Covelli says. "Lakewood Police went through the window and supported it until I could get there. They were wonderful about the whole situation."
The Foundry Concert Club plays host to bands from all over the world and is home to the always popular Emo Night Cleveland live-band karaoke party. This weekend was the Hope For The Hollow Cinco De Mayo Bash, a raging concert that required staff to come in Sunday and get the bar back to tip-top shape.
"We were there all day fixing up the bar and making it look really nice, and we were very proud, so getting the call about the window really sucked," Covelli says.
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time a Cleveland-area heavy metal joint has been vandalized. Emma Jochum, owner of The Black Market, has put together a "cash mob," to try and assist the owners of The Foundry with the expenses needed to replace the window.
Jochum is no stranger to broken windows
, as the front window of her business was smashed in 2016 after the owner of Fastbacks bar in Brook Park was so angry about a 1-star review given by Jochum, he allegedly encouraged patrons to vandalize her business and then sent threatening messages after her window was found broken.
"Even with insurance, there are still deductibles to be paid and a chance that not all of the repairs will be covered," Jochum says.
Despite the barrage of social media threats against Jochum and The Black Market, there was no evidence that could directly prove the owner of Fastbacks committed the crime and there were no charges filed. Fastbacks, however, has since closed.
Jochum's kindness really touched Covelli. "I cried really hard," she says. "I don't know if it's because she went through it, but there are a lot of people that go through things and don't identify when they should help people in need. Emma is such a wonderful person. Her support really moved me."
The Foundry's general manager, Parker Shaffer announced the window break on Facebook.
"We were trying to stay positive and make a joke about it," Covelli says. "Does it suck? Yes. Do we have the money to put into that? No."
Patrons are encouraged to visit the Foundry and drop some fat cash for the window repair on bar's Taco Tuesday and Wing Wednesday events this week.
"The support is above and beyond and we're so thankful. The fundraiser is so cool because we would have never asked for help," Covelli says.
The Foundry is located at 11729 Detroit Ave in Lakewood. The cash mob events are scheduled from 6 p.m. until midnight tomorrow and Wednesday.