Security footage shows a pickup truck crashing into L'Wren's curbside dining area around dusk on Tuesday.
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The car slammed into several tables where patrons were eating.
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Three people were hurt, but fortunately their injuries were not serious.
Restaurants are required to put up 6-inch planters or barricades to provide a buffer between diners and traffic.
"I honestly never thought any of this stuff would happen, you know we built the barrier pretty tough to where if it does happen they would be protected," said Travis Klas. "Extremely fortunate for everybody, you know, that the guy driving, that would have been terrible for him to seriously hurt someone, it would have been terrible for everyone."
Police say the driver, about 20 years old, was operating the vehicle without a license and the owner said he tried to pull away after the incident, but he was flagged down.
He was charged with driving a vehicle without a driver's license.
The owner says the worst part about the incident was losing an entire night of business in an already tough time.
Roughly 9,000 restaurants across NYC have been approved to open into some part of the street.
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