The JPCC Board and Casa Latina volunteers took a chance on the weather Saturday and painted two coats of sky blue on the NW Tofu Inc. restaurant. The restaurant on 20th and Jackson has been victim of a rash of gang tags recently. According to SPD beat patrol on Jackson St. the the restaurant has received a lot of graffiti from Rainier Beach gang members coming up to the CD to tag.
NW Tofu Inc. is owned by a brother and sister who have developed a strong base of loyal customers over the years coming in for a dim sum lunch or to buy tofu and fresh soy milk. They are committed to staying vigilant on the graffiti and are even talking to the muralist, Derke Wu, who painted the Pratt mural across the street about painting another mural on their business as a deterrent to less skilled taggers.
Who knows, maybe 20th and Jackson will become a urban public art gallery this summer.