Police have shut down Rowena Avenue near Silver Lake Drive in Silver Lake tonight as the department’s bomb squad investigates a suspicious package left outside the Coffee Table restaurant. The bomb squad was on the scene at about 7 p.m. and anything within about 500 feet was sealed off, said Sgt. James Zboravan with the Northeast Division. He said police responded after a restaurant employee reported finding a suspicious package outside of the restaurant.
“A suspicious device was attached to our gas meter,” said restaurant owner Michael Zamarippa by email. “It looked like a pipe bomb.”
Motorists reported heavy police activity in the area at about 5 p.m. as officers began to block off traffic near the restaurant.
Alexandra Bruehl said she was heading to a 6:15 p.m. massage session behind the restaurant when she was stopped by police:
The cops had the road blocked off, so I parked on a side street and was just gonna walk the rest of the way. Then my massage therapist called me and said she had to cancel our appointment because they evacuated the Coffee Table because of a bomb threat .. the road (Rowena) is definitely totally blocked off.
Update: Police were reopening Rowena at about 8 p.m. There was was no bomb “but the device was made to look just like a pipe bomb with a clamp and wires,” Zamarippa said. “The bomb squad took 2 X-rays”