It will soon be four years ago to the day since Steven

It will soon be four years ago to the day since Steven Tolenoa was able to use his arms or legs. He was shot on Jan. 21, 2007 at a Denny’s restaurant in the wee hours of the morning by a wannabe gang member named Frank Evans, who squeezed off 11 rounds in a fight with another customer. One stray round hit his friend NAME, but didn’t do permanent physical damage, one hit Tolenoa and turned him into a quadriplegic. Tolenoa’s lawyers, Ron Perey and Doug Weinmaster, are suing Denny’s Inc. for a combined $79.5 million claiming that Denny’s doesn’t do enough to warn their customers about what can happen when the bars close and drunks get hungry. The lawsuit begins in King County Superior Court on Monday.Seattle Weekly spoke with Tolenoa’s attorney, Ron Perey on Thursday.”The importance to me, is bar rush. Crime happens everywhere. Four cops billed in Lakewood. The importance to me is the bar rush,” he says. “We can’t protect everyone from random crime. But the problem is the culture at Denny’s. It’s open 24/7 without exception and when the bars close, they rush to Denny’s and it can get very dangerous.”A spokesperson at Denny’s refused to comment on the case, or anything else related to it.Perey describes Tolenoa’s life as one that requires 24/7 care. He’s confined to a nursing home and has no use of anything below his neck. He’s fully conscious, however, which is a state that Perey calls a “blessing and a curse.””He’ll have to live this way for the next 45 years or so,” Perey says.Anyone who’s been to a Denny’s at 2 or 3 am knows that things can get a little hairy. But Denny’s is also not the only 24/7 destination for drunks (though it is the traditional one). GET DATA24/7