Restaurant owner defends staff, patrons from angry mob
TAI Lam snapped off part of a bamboo chair at his restaurant as he prepared to defend his staff and patrons from an angry mob on Saturday night.
The Saigon Saigon owner said he and his team refused to back down when the group allegedly began throwing rocks at diners on the balcony.
But Mr Lam (pictured) said the violent incident was one of many he had encountered during his five years running the Quay St, Rockhampton, restaurant.
"I can't even count how many incidents we've had with people along the river," Mr Lam said.
"To us it isn't a big deal, we've faced a bigger group before."
The restaurant owner said there was a scuffle before the police arrived and one of his staff members was hit in the head with a rock.
"They caught up to one of our staff and he got a rock to the head, he has a massive bruise. Even though we got beaten up, a few punches here and there, we weren't going to back down."