A man is in the hospital after a verbal dispute devolved into violence on a Brooklyn sidewalk early yesterday morning.

According to the NYPD, at around 4:03 a.m. on August 24th, a 42-year-old man and his alleged assailant were "engaged in a verbal dispute in front of La Fogata, located at 1549 Gates Avenue. The dispute escalated at which point the suspect punched and kicked the victim."

The victim was taken to a hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Police released video of the suspect:

A few years ago, the Daily News reported on how waitresses at the restaurant complained about management: "Labor abuses and insults have become too much to swallow for a group of immigrant women who work as waitresses on commission — getting lonely customers to buy them overpriced beers and tequila shots... Owners draw in customers by hiring waitresses who make most of their money after the kitchen closes, partying, dancing and drinking — often to excess — with the clientele."

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.