Onwards and upwards for Northamptonshire restaurant after windows smashed with sledgehammer

Mu Mu in Rockingham Road, Kettering, is open again for business despite having all its windows broken

Mu Mu in Rockingham Road, Kettering, is open again for business despite having all its windows broken

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Staff rallied round to get a restaurant back open for business within hours of all its windows being smashed with a sledgehammer.

Police received a number of calls from members of the public who had seen the damage caused at Mu Mu in Rockingham Road, Kettering, at about 9am yesterday (Tuesday) morning.

Mu Mu is open again for business

Mu Mu is open again for business

A police spokesman said nine windows and a door were damaged in the attack, which they confirmed had been carried out with a sledgehammer.

But Emily Di Fante, who runs Mu Mu with her husband Gareth, said staff were quickly on site, including some who were not even working that day, to help clear up while replacement windows were fitted.

Emily said: “There was glass everywhere, it was a real mess.”

While they were unable to open for the usual lunchtime sitting, it was business as usual from 6pm last night.

It is onwards and upwards, what’s the point in letting it get us down?

Emily Di Fante

And the restaurant, which serves burgers and pizza, had a special on last night’s menu entitled the Malcolm Glazier.

Anyone tucking into this would have enjoyed a double beef pattie, double cheese, double bacon, onion rings and barbecue sauce.

The chef was busy in the kitchen coming up with the special dish while the replacement windows were fitted to show that the staff would not let the incident bring them down.

Emily said most people who had booked tables for last night had called to check their bookings, and there had been a lot of support from customers following the incident.

Emily said: “It is onwards and upwards, what’s the point in letting it get us down?

“It is one of those things.”

She said they have not had any problems like this since opening nine months ago.

They can have up to 72 people per sitting and serve about 500 diners each week.

Mu Mu employs 16 people and Gareth said they were all like a family.

The police spokesman said a man had been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage following the incident and was being questioned by officers.