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Gay-Friendly Chicago Restaurant Tagged With Homophobic Graffiti

Hamburger Mary's Andersonville employees found the slur on Saturday night

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Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

Over Memorial Day weekend, a vandal tagged a restaurant in one of Chicago largest gay communities with a homophobic slur. An employee closing the Andersonville location of Hamburger Mary's on Saturday night discovered the graffiti spray painted on the back of a bathroom door reading "Die F--s," according to NBC Chicago.

Hamburger Mary's hosts several LGBT-friendly events in Andersonville including drag queens hosting bingo. Owner Ashley Wright told Eater Chicago that he believes security video caught the vandal and he'll turn that footage over to the police.

"I don't know if it's enough to catch the person, but if they come in again we will certainly recognize them," Wright said.

Staff has painted over the graffiti with the word "love," and Wright wants to make this a teaching moment. "I think the big takeaway here is that there are hateful people everywhere...even in an open and accepting neighborhood like Andersonville," he said. "But this person is a coward, who chose to make a statement on the inside of a locked bathroom door, and then left."

Wright said he's hopefully the vandal would be arrested. It's unclear if the suspect would be charged with a hate crime. Hamburger Mary's was recently featured on an episode of CBS's "Undercover Boss."

Watch the NBC segment below.