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Owners of Woodside Restaurant Destroyed by Fire Launch GoFundMe to Rebuild

The owners of a Woodside restaurant whose business was destroyed in a fire last month are calling on the public for funds so they can rebuild. Picture is of the restaurant on fire (Photo: Facebook)

May 16. 2022 By Michael Dorgan

The owners of a Woodside restaurant whose business was destroyed in a fire last month are calling on the public for financial help so they can rebuild.

Sher Ahmad Zaraei, who owns Texas Chicken and Pizza fast-food restaurant, launched a GoFundMe Friday following a fire that ripped through his family’s 64-01 Broadway establishment on April 24.

The overnight fire gutted the fast-food premises and also damaged two adjacent businesses – a barbershop and a liquor store. The FDNY sent out about 25 units and more than 100 firefighters to extinguish the blaze. There were no injuries.

The fundraiser aims to raise $10,000, which would help cover the cost of reopening the business.

Zaraei told the Queens Post that the blaze was sparked by an electrical fire in the basement of his restaurant. The fire caused extensive damage to the premises destroying seating and fittings, he said, while a number of walls were knocked down by firefighters to contain the blaze.

Two of his walk-in freezers are now inoperable while six smaller freezers were also ruined, he said.

Some of the damage caused by the fire (Photo via GoFundMe)

Zaraei, who is originally from Afghanistan, said that his entire family worked at the restaurant and relied on it as their primary source of income.

“My father would always work double shifts and was never home on holidays because he always wanted to be there for his customers,” Zaraei wrote on the GoFundMe page. “I am pretty embarrassed to write about this but we are desperate at the moment.”

Zaraei told the Queens Post that his family has been out of work since the inferno but plan to reopen as soon as they can come up with enough funds.

“With this unexpected fire… it will probably take months for us to be back to normal,” Zaraei said.

Zaraei posted a number of images to the GoFundMe page showing the extent of the fire damage, with debris strewn across the floor and some of the walls destroyed.

“Any help would be appreciated, frankly, we are devastated,” he wrote.

Some of the damage caused by the fire (Photo via GoFundMe)

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Coach and jimmy

Nobody funded me or my brother when we lost our bar . We had to depend on the rent we get from the rest of the building. Thak God I don’t have a mortgage. Paid it years ago.

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The greedy Brothers

You own a building that’s paid for and you collect rent and your complaining. ???

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Mohammed

That’s the guy who used to throw his businesses garbage over by the Brooklyn queens expressway instead of paying the carting company . He is the reason for much debris over there.

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Javier

Since when did GoFundme become the new “begging for handouts” outlet?? I mean really already. I remember one coffee shop near me ask its patrons for donations to expand their storefront. I guess I’ll start one to see if anyone can help fund my new house.

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A guy in the know

Those 2 guys have been stealing off people for years. Recently they were denied renewal for a liquor license . Too much problems at this bar. Fights, drugs. They currently have 2 new guys applying for a license, but they still own the bar. Hopefully the community board refuses to ok this. I know it because the 2 thief brothers used their home phone number as a business number. The sla caught this. Everything is a scam with the thief Brothers

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