Silver Lake restaurant owner Nadine Trujillo has taken an active role in helping fight crime and improving neighborhood safety as a member of the neighborhood council and chamber of commerce. But, last week, Trujillo, owner of Alegria on Sunset, became a victim of a crime herself. While she worked at her Sunset Boulevard restaurant on a Tuesday afternoon, burglars ransacked her Silver Lake home and stole several thousand dollars worth of belongings, from computers and cameras to manicure scissors and a rosary left on her nightstand. “The bastards took it,” she said.
The break-in (the burglars actually cut open a hole in a window to gain access) and loss comes at a time when the 65-year-old Trujillo struggles to operate her two-decade old restaurant afloat during tough economic times. In a show of support, friends and acquaintances are pledging to come by the Mexican restaurant on Thursday night to order dinner and celebrate Nadine Trujillo Appreciation Day.
Friend and customer Hans Johnson of Eagle Rock organized the celebration on Facebook after hearing of Trujillo’s break-in through friends. After Trujillo has shown so much support for her friends and community, it was time to return the favor. “Nadine always made us feel at home,” said Johnson, whose partner introduced him to the restaurant several years ago. “This is an expression of support.”
Trujillo said she welcomes the show of support as she runs her business get her house back in order.
“I feel humbled because everybody has so much to do,” she said of Nadine Trujillo Appreciation Day. “It just puts tears into my eyes.”