B&H Dairy Reopens This Morning After Five Months on the Sidelines

Posted on: August 14th, 2015 at 5:11 am by
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The headline says it all. Rejoice!

After five grueling months, the beloved B&H Dairy restaurant reopens this morning at 9am. The restaurant was without proper gas hookup in the wake of the deadly Second Avenue Explosion at the end of March.

There had been a number of setbacks and plenty of frustration for co-owners Fawzy Abdelwahed and Ola Smigielsk since the disaster next door. The premises was more acutely scrutinized. B&H Dairy complied every step of the way, but kickstarted a number of crowdfunding campaigns to help stay afloat. The fundraising drives went toward a new fire suppression system, gas line upgrade, exhaust system, rent, employee wages, taxes, and utilities.

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Photo: B&H Dairy

You can continue donating until August 18, as the current mark is still $5,000 shy of the $30,000 goal. Every little bit helps. In fact, we were told that B&H were told this week that they needed a new gas meter ($500).

The Department of Buildings approved the plumbing work earlier this week, and Con Edison paid a visit on Wednesday to give the all clear. Gas was turned on yesterday.

The 73-year-old lunch counter became a media darling, thanks to a calvacade of supporters who helped push awareness of their plight.

Excited moment for Gas

Posted by B&H Dairy Kosher Restaurant on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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