B&H Dairy Again Seeks Help to Stay Afloat

Posted on: December 17th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

Photo: Andy Reynolds

The hits keep coming, but B&H Dairy is fighting back.

The cash-strapped lunch counter has faced numerous setbacks since its lease renewal and remodel in November 2019. (Which is forever ago in pandemic time conversion.) Shortly after reopening last spring, their front window was shattered during the George Floyd protests. Then the pandemic pains of lost business set in. Last month they were robbed.

In an effort to stay afloat – especially after Monday’s indoor dining ban – the beloved luncheonette is again crowdsourcing to keep operations running. Their previous GoFundMe effort earlier this year was successful, but proved to be a band-aid solution in Cuomo’s New York.

As ownership previously told us:

We met our GoFundMe goal of $60,000, but it took that money (raised and spent over 5 months) combined together with emptying both of our personal savings accounts (equal to the GoFundMe goal), plus income from take-out and delivery orders in order for us to pay our staff, back rent and utilities, and restock the restaurant, after two months closed, in order to re-open.

B&H Dairy is one of the oldest kosher (dairy) lunch counters in the Five Boroughs. Abie Bergson and Sol Hausman (B&H) opened the restaurant at 127 2nd Avenue in the spring of 1938, and the interior and menu has remained largely intact in that time. The business changed hands twice over the years, and has been in the possession of Fawzy Abdelwahed since 2003. He runs B&H with his wife Ola, whom he met when she worked at the shuttered Stage Diner across the street.

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