Borough Market restaurant staff tell of ‘awe-inspiring’ heroism


A taco restaurant at the epicentre of the London Bridge attack has said staff are “emerging from a tough time as a stronger family” as they prepare to go back to work while Borough Market businesses prepared to “reclaim” it from terror.

Staff at El Pastor in Borough Market were hailed as heroes for hurling objects at the terrorists when they burst into the Stoney Street restuarant brandishing 12-inch (30cm) ceramic knives, shortly after ploughing into pedestrians in a white van.

Customers were forced to take cover during the horrific attack while staff – said now to have been brought closer by the atrocity – bravely fought to protect them.

In an Instagram post, owners of the restaurant – a stone’s throw from where police shot dead the three attackers – wrote alongside a picture of smiling staff giving thumbs-ups that they would open tomorrow with even greater determination to serve their community.

It said: “We are proud to announce that El Pastor will reopen from tomorrow lunchtime.

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“We are emerging from a tough time as a stronger family, a tighter Borough community and more committed than ever to serving those who value the pleasures of eating and drinking and coming together.”

“The kindness and bravery shown by individuals and groups on the the night of 3rd June and afterwards has been awe-inspiring. Our thoughts remain with the victims and their families for the senseless loss of life,” the post added.

“We hope to see you for tacos and mezcal at El Pastor and myriad other delights at our friends’ places in Borough Market soon, as we all get back to business,” it said.

Supporters praised staff in comments on social media, with one writing: “You’ll return better than ever. Good food and good people triumphing over evil – what could be better?”

“Inspiring, strong & full respect to everyone. Will be down to support you,” wrote another.

Other businesses in Borough Market were also back to work as usual after the nightmarish scenes of the attack, posting to social media with hashtags such as “loveborough” and “businessasusual” as they prepared to “reclaim” the market from terror.

Borough Market will reopen on Wednesday https://t.co/PmEfFuIAnA #LoveBorough pic.twitter.com/4PH9f03Rvu

— Borough Market (@boroughmarket) June 12, 2017

We’re happy to announce that our restaurant & shop will be back in action tomorrow 10am @boroughmarket #loveborough #buisnessasusual pic.twitter.com/dhKfSidIqe

— Brindisa (@Brindisa) June 13, 2017

Please help us reclaim @boroughmarket as a place where sharing amazing food & supporting passionate producers unites us all #LoveBorough 💚🙌 https://t.co/ySvnt8ZU34

— From Field & Flower (@FromFieldFlower) June 12, 2017

The reopening of the market comes as inquests into the deaths of the eight victims of the attack are held at Southwark Coroner’s Court over two days.

Eight people were murdered during the rampage when three terrorists mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge using a white Renault van before stabbing diners and revellers in Borough Market on Saturday, June 3.

All of the victims have since been named by authorities, including Canadian Christine Archibald, 30, who died in her fiance’s arms after being struck by the speeding van.

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Xavier Thomas, 45, who was knocked into the River Thames, was one of three Frenchmen who died, along with Sebastien Belanger, 36, and restaurant worker Alexandre Pigeard.

James McMullan, 32, from Hackney, and Spanish banker Ignacio Echeverria, 39 and Australians Kristy Boden, 28, and Sara Zelenek were also killed in the attack.

It was revealed on Friday by the Standard that every victim of the attack who made it to hospital has survived their injuries.

Staff of the businesses around London Bridge, including bars and restaurants caught up in the horror, have been widely praised for acts of heroism from throwing objects at the terrorists to locking down premises and simple acts of kindness at a time they were personally at risk themselves.

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