NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Several diners were struck by a large mirror at the popular Balthazar Cafe in SoHo Friday morning.
The incident took place at around 10:15 a.m.
The 10 x 15 foot mirror landed on about 10 brunch diners, CBS2’s Meg Baker reported.
As soon as it happened, servers rushed over and pushed the mirror off of them, Baker reported.
One person was transported to Bellevue Hospital Center with minor injuries.
Witnesses said there was little shattered glass, Baker reported.
“We heard a like a crack, you know, this thing fell down, it was like a big boom inside,” diner William Cherbit told Baker. “When you see that, I was sure that somebody died.”
Among the injured was former French Finance Minister Arnaud Montebourg.
Montebourg was hit in the head by the falling mirror and taken to the hospital for neck and back pain.
But as CBS2’s Baker reported, the drama did not stop New Yorkers and tourists from stopping by the hot spot.
“I’m still going. I’m from Brazil and I came to go to Balthazar, so I’m still going,” one woman said.
The Department of Buildings late Friday issued a citation for failure to maintain against the restaurant, saying a brace for the large decorative mirror had been removed.
The French bistro is owned by celebrity chef Keith McNally, Baker reported.
The restaurant has reopened. The corner where the mirror fell has been cordoned off for safety, Baker reported.