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Ex-Lonesome Dove Employee Vandalized Restaurant With Explicit Image

Back in January.

Lonesome Dove in Austin
Lonesome Dove in Austin
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

A former Lonesome Dove employee was really not happy about being let go last winter, so she returned to the Tim Love-run restaurant and spray painted the door with a giant penis on January 1, 2016, as noted by KEYE. The news channel reported:

According to an affidavit, the drawing was approximately five feet high. Police say the manager checked the surveillance video and discovered the vandalism took place at 6:05 a.m. on January 1. He also recognized the the vandal as 27-year-old Carly Lauren Testa, a former employee who had recently been fired.

Testa caused $5,400 worth of damages to the door and received a state felony criminal mischief charge.

Love opened the Austin branch of his restaurant last June. He'll be back at this year's Austin Food & Wine Festival with his two-day massive grilling demonstrations. He also runs several restaurants in Texas, as well as two in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

419 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 271-2474