Several late evening diners were left significantly distressed after they had to witness a violent incident between two groups of students at one of Groningen’s biggest sushi bars.
At around 9pm on Thursday, September 29, officers from the Groningen police station were called out to Sushi Mall at the Sontplein, Sikkom reported.
According to the news site, an argument broke out between two large groups of students, who turned out to be members of Vindicat and Albertus Magnus fraternities. The students became verbally abusive before they started throwing food and drink at one another.
One diner, who took his wife and children (aged 12, 8 and 1) out to celebrate the first birthday of their youngest, had to break off the party early. “It was such a bad example for our children that we had to leave. Staff were treated shamefully, and the food was used mainly for throwing around. The fight was so intense that my son wanted to protect my daughter,” the man wrote in a message to Sikkom.
Both the student associations acknowledged the involvement of their members in the incident and stated they strongly disapprove of such behavior. The associations promised they would compensate for the damage caused and the students involved in the fight would be suspended. Both Vindicat and Albertus said in their respective statements that they had offered their apologies to the staff of the fast-food establishment.
It is not the first time that the Sushi Mall becomes the scene of disturbances that involves frat boys. At the end of 2017, Sikkom reported that Vindicat members misbehaved massively at the sushi restaurant, throwing glasses, insulting the personnel, urinating against the wall and stealing bottles of wine.
Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Sushi Mall was located at the Grote Markt. Sushi Mall is at the Sontplein. Vindicat’s association building is at the Grote Markt.