Driver crashes into and destroys parklets at Aquitaine & The Boombox

Driver crashes into and destroys parklets at Aquitaine & The BoomboxPhoto: Jane Natoli/Twitter
Steven Bracco
Published on June 18, 2021

Early Friday morning, the driver of a vehicle crashed into and destroyed two parklets at Church and Market streets. 

Shared Spaces platforms owned by fitness studio The Boombox (2109 Market) and French restaurant and wine bar Aquitaine (216 Church) were both destroyed in the early morning crash.

According to SFPD spokesperson Grace Gatpandan, officers responded to the vehicle collision at approximately 12:33 a.m. Gatpandan said there were no injuries as a result of the collision. 

Gatpandan stated witnesses were able to provide police with a suspect description. However, at this time Gatpandan could not confirm if an arrest had been made.

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The Boombox owner Alexandra Mogannam shared the news on Instagram. "In the middle of the night, our outdoor gym collapsed after being hit by a drunk driver," said Mogannam.

"Our parklet and the parklet next to us were both destroyed," added Mogannam. "But don't worry, we'll be working hard this weekend to get the space ready to go for classes Monday morning."

Mogannam tells Hoodline costs to repair the damage are not know at this time. "Our contractor is coming tomorrow to assess," said Mogannam.

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Aquitaine also took to Instagram to share news of the crash. "Welcome to San Francisco," said Aquitaine co-owner Andrew Fidelman. "Stolen car, hit and run, that's all the info we have." Fidelman stated that its dining room will be open while they repair the parklet.

According to Fidelman, the driver of the silver 4-door sedan fled the scene.

Fidelman tells Hoodline that Aquitaine is not planning on rebuilding the parklet at this point.

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"At this point, we've faced flooding, fires, vandalism, and one whole pandemic," said Mogannam. "This is just another moment that we will get through together and come out stronger."

"Please put out vibes for the driver with hopes that they're okay and maybe show a little extra love to the other small businesses who lost their parklet," added Mogannam.

The crash comes a week after a suspected drunk driver ran into an outdoor dining area outside a San Jose bar, killing one person and injuring two others. 

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