BY YANNIC RACK | After more than four months and lots of nail-biting, B&H kosher dairy on Second Ave. finally reopened Friday morning with a line of loyal customers stretching out the door.
An East Village staple since the 1930s, the restaurant closed after the gas explosion and fire in March that leveled three buildings near the corner of E. Seventh St. on the same block as B&H.
After the catastrophe, Fawzy Abdelwahed, who runs the dairy restaurant with his wife, Ola, struggled to pay the rent and expenses while he had to update the gas facilities, mandated by the city after the explosion.
“It was very close. For a while I really lost hope,” he said on Friday, while his staff — all of whom have returned — dished out challah and coffee to the enthusiastic locals that packed the small shop.
“I’m feeling great,” he added with a smile. “All my customers, all my friends — everybody’s here.”