A doorman died at Elliot Wright’s Mijas restaurant on Sunday evening after he intervened in a fight between diners. Jose Rafael Pisani Pardo, aged 55, and a father of two, died at a local hospital from life-threatening injuries sustained in the altercation.
Elliot temporarily closed the doors of the restaurant, Olivia’s La Cala, but it was still targeted by vandals who spray-painted in blood red the outside in Spanish, words that translate as ‘Killer Elliot’ and ‘Mafia’.
A Guardia Civil investigation is now underway into the death of Pardo, who suffered serious injuries after knocking his head while intervening in a fight that had broken out between customers.
Before his death, he was unconscious as he was being rushed to hospital and placed into an intensive care unit as medical staff attempted to save his life.
The restaurant’s Instagram account released a statement explaining what had happened and offered the former employee’s family their condolences.
The statement read, “This weekend, we lost a much loved & valued member of our team. Our hearts are broken & we have closed the restaurant today and tomorrow out of respect. We are supporting our staff & the family whilst awaiting news of further investigations.”
This wasn’t the first time the restaurant was a victim of vandalism as it was set alight two years ago following an arson attack on the building.
That case is still being investigated although no arrests have been made in connection with the reportedly intentional blaze.
The ex-Towie cast member, cousin to Mark Wright, also owns ‘Eduardos’s Villamartin’ which he took over following the death of his father, restaurant founder, and long time Villamartin resident, Eddie Wright, three years ago, from cancer.