Four masked robbers armed with guns stormed into a Buckhead restaurant Saturday morning before pistol-whipping the manager and making off with more than $3,000 in cash, police said.
Officers responded to the armed robbery at the Velvet Taco on West Paces Ferry Road just before 4:45 a.m., Atlanta police spokesman James White said.
Employees told police four people in masks entered through a back door and ordered them to the ground.
They forced the restaurant’s manager to open the safe before striking her with a gun and leaving with $3,255, authorities said.
One round was discharged when the restaurant manager got hit with the gun, but nobody was struck by the bullet, according to police.
In a statement, the restaurant’s marketing director said employees are cooperating with investigators.
“The safety of our team members and guests is our utmost priority,” Cassie Cooper wrote in an email. “We are fortunate no one was injured and everyone is safe.”
The restaurant, which opened in September 2019, offers a late-night menu and serves 20 varieties of tacos.
As of Saturday afternoon, no arrests had been made in the case, White said. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact Atlanta police.
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