Nancy Molnar

CANTON: Members of the City Council and the administration held an informal meeting after their regular session Monday to support a business that was the site of an armed robbery last week.

Mayor William J. Healy II and several members of his cabinet, along with most council members and some of their staff, dined at Taggarts Ice Cream Parlor.

Councilman John Mariol II said the business supports the area’s West Park Neighborhood Association by providing coffee and a meeting place for the group.

The visit followed a successful cash mob Saturday that brought hundreds of customers to the landmark parlor at 1401 Fulton Road NW.

Owner Ernest Schott said he was grateful for the customers who poured into the restaurant. He noted that several young professionals walked from their downtown apartments to show that the streets belong to them, not to the criminals.

“It was just awesome to see the outpouring from the people,” Schott said. “The city, they did put their arms around us and squeeze pretty hard.”

Recent guests also included police Chief Bruce Lawver.

Schott and his wife, Patricia, have hired an off-duty police officer to discourage people like the three teens who robbed at gunpoint three customers and the staff. The robbers made off with money from the cash register as well as personal items from the victims Thursday evening.

“We’re determined we’re going to stay here,” Schott said of the establishment that dates to 1926. “These kids were sophomores in high school, and somebody put a gun to their heads. That’s not acceptable.”

Nancy Molnar can be emailed at nancymolnar2002@yahoo.com.