SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Police are investigating after a restaurant on the Northwest side was tagged with racist graffiti over the weekend.

It happened at Noodle Tree on UTSA Boulevard.

Owner Mike Nguyen arrived to open his shop Sunday morning to discover the words spray painted on his windows and a table in front of the building.

Some of the graffiti included “go back to China”, “commie” and “hope you die”.

Nguyen appeared on CNN last week and was critical of Governor Abbott’s move to lift the state’s mask mandate. He believes the vandalism was in retaliation for his stance on the issue.

After hearing about what happened, several San Antonio residents stopped by to help clear away the graffiti.

Food blogger Amanda Spencer posted on her Facebook page, S.A. Foodie, that she was “sickened” about what happened.  “Please show some love and support to Noodle Tree,” Spencer implored.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg tweeted Sunday,”Thank you to all the neighbors who showed up to help & proved that we’re better than this one hateful act. We must work together to eradicate racism from our city.

Police are investigating the case as a hate crime.

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