A waiter at Flora restaurant in Oakland who was attacked with a hammer during protests over the verdict in the Trayvon Martin shooting was recovering Wednesday, according to the restaurant.
Restaurant staff posted on their Facebook page Tuesday afternoon that "one of our own" was hit in the head with a hammer Monday night by "a masked, cowardly vandal" and assured patrons that the waiter was "doing fine" and that his injuries were not serious.
Staff said he was taken to the hospital and was released Tuesday.
Phil Tagami, CEO of the California Capital and Investment Group, was at Flora, located at 1900 Telegraph Ave., on Monday evening for a benefit event to support Oakland businesses that were vandalized during previous protests spurred by Saturday's not-guilty verdict of Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
Flora's building had windows smashed over the weekend, as did several other businesses.
After Tagami returned to the Rotunda Building at 300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, he found broken windows and spray paint there and received a call from someone who said the male waiter who had served him at Flora had just been attacked.
Restaurant staff said the waiter was outside watching demonstrators when someone attempted to break another window and he told the person to stop.
That's when he was hit with the hammer.
The restaurant thanked the community for support, and lamented, "we are so sad and angry that the protests have turned this way."
They said the establishment will remain open and continue to serve customers, and added, "We love Oakland, but we are tired of getting hurt."
Police arrested nine people in connection with the protests Monday night.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.