A thief smashed his way into The Beer House on Ecclesall Road using a stone slab last night, Thursday, April 29, shortly before midnight, and made off with a single bottle of whisky.
John Harrison, co-owner of the micropub, said the damage would prove costly to repair and was the last thing the business needed after such a challenging year.
"It’s a real kick in the teeth having to deal with this after what’s been a very tough last year for independent businesses. All this for a cheap bottle of whisky,” he said.
Mr Harrison said the thief, who is white, appeared to be in his 40s and was wearing a high-vis jacket, had headed off down Ecclesall Road towards the city centre following the raid.
He told how the intruder had picked up a more expensive bottle of whisky before putting it back and opting for a cheaper brand, and he said he hoped police would be able to track the culprit down with the aid of CCTV footage and finger prints left at the scene.
He added that several independent businesses in the area had been targeted by thieves in the last few weeks, including the cafe which is next door to The Beer House.
Police said officers were alerted about a break-in at 11.47pm yesterday and enquiries were ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.