Comet Ping Pong art stolen from the White House by unknown assailant
Washington — Comet Ping pong, the iconic restaurant in Washington, D.C., that hosts the annual “pizza party” at which celebrity chefs compete to create the most popular pizza in the nation, has been burglarized, the owner said Thursday.
A restaurant owner told Politico that he and his staff were preparing dinner on the patio of Comet Ping when a man entered the restaurant and removed the artwork from the restaurant’s glass walls, including a painting of the fictional Comet Ping, the fictional “pizzeria” that hosts a “punch” contest at the restaurant.
The owner said he contacted the police and called the FBI, but he and other staff members did not know what had happened until they received a call from the owner’s girlfriend, who was home and in tears.
“They came to the door, and he said, ‘We had a pizza party at Comet Ping.
Someone broke into the place and stole all our art.
The cops were here, but they are not going to be able to find anything,'” the owner told POLITICO.”
We were just in the middle of dinner when he said we should call the FBI.
They came to our door, we told them what happened, and they said they were going to investigate it,” the owner added.
The restaurant is known for hosting the “possible” “puzzler” who enters the pizzeria to create a “stinky pizza” before the contest.
The art was taken from the Comet Ping restaurant, owner of Comet Pong restaurant tells Politico.
The restaurant has been vandalized.
pic.twitter.com/1Kd6u1yXlF — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 7, 2017The restaurant’s owner, James Alefantis, has denied the restaurant was burglarizing, telling the New York Post that he has been told the art was not stolen.
“The people that are doing this are doing a terrible job of hiding it,” he told the Post.
“We’ve been here about three months and I’ve never seen anything like this.”
The restaurant has already been the scene of numerous threats to the restaurant owner’s life.
Alefants brother and sister-in-law also posted on social media that they were planning to burglarize the restaurant if the Comet restaurant continued to be the scene.
The man who took the artwork has not been identified, but Alefans brother-in a law firm told Politico he is a 28-year-old black man.