The Albanian restaurateur who made headlines for pummelling the windscreen of a car driven by Spanish tourists who criticised his service has seen his restaurant demolished by the authorities.
Earlier this week, 51-year old restaurant owner Mihal Kokedhima was filmed pummelling a car’s windscreen with his bloodied fists for over two kilometres as Spanish tourists and their two Albanian pals cowered in fear inside.
Video Credit: CEN/@ArgiroLajm.net
The incident took place in the Bay of Porto Palermo near Himare in south-western Albania after Eugenio Galdon and his family reportedly complained about the Albanian restaurateur’s service after a disappointing meal.
Kokedhima’s subsequent attack on the family’s vehicle, which he claimed was because they did not pay the bill, was even condemned by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama.
After the incident made international headlines, Albania’s PM called Kokedhima a “barbarian” who gave a bad name to “Albanian hospitality” and “shamed us all”.
Kokedhima has since been arrested and held in custody on charges of intimidation, intentional damage and destruction of property, according to local media.
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Meanwhile, his Restaurant Panorama has been demolished on the orders of the National Agency of Protected Areas after it was found to be operating without a licence, according to reports.
Local media said that the Himare council attempted to demolish the 2,000-square-metre seafront property in 2012, but the action was unsuccessful and Kokedhima was allowed to continue operating without documentation.
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