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The Asian Bistro reopens to a supportive Hillcrest

The Asian Bistro reopens to a supportive Hillcrest.
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The Hillcrest restaurant where Stefano Markell Parker opened fire last week reopened Tuesday night, one week after the attack.

The Asian Bistro on University Avenue suffered extensive damage to its facade especially to the windows, some of which shattered due to the hail of bullets from the gunman's rifle.

According to ABC 10 the staff was taking inventory on Monday and customers stopped by to see when they would reopen.

“People wanted to see us open, people wanted to see us and give their support. So we just said, whatever, open the doors and hopefully a lot of people walk by,” said Mike Tamarkin, whose father owns the Golden Dragon Asian Bistro.

Tamarkin says the community has been extremely supportive throughout the week, he's received lots of phone calls and well wishes. 

Parker, 29, is accused of using a semi-automatic rifle and firing into the active restaurant, police found 19 casings just outside the eatery during their investigation.

Parker was arrested and faces several felony charges.

Nobody was injured during the shooting, but the restaurant had to close for some repairs. It is now open from 5 pm to 3 am daily.

Hillcrest’s Patty Thongchua, owner of The Asian Bistro will attend an Emergency Hillcrest Town Hall meeting on Wednesday.

The gathering will be attended by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Councilmember Christopher Ward, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit, and a group of law enforcement officials and local business owners for a Q&A panel.