B&H Dairy Robbed, Cash Register Stolen
B&H Dairy is licking its wounds following yet another criminal incident on-premise. Late Monday night, the restaurant was robbed.
Ownership reported on Facebook that its front door was compromised and its cash register stolen. The perp ran with the bounty around the corner to East Seventh Street, where co-owner Ola Abdelwahed found the machine busted and discarded. She tells us that $500 was in the till.
Apparently the thief arrived on a Citibike.
It’s been a tough road back for the cash-strapped dairy restaurant, peppered with setbacks. Shortly after reopening last spring, the front window was shattered during the George Floyd protests. And now this added burglary doesn’t help.
As ownership previously told us:
We went from serving 200 customers a day in early March, to zero customers, and therefore zero income for a full two months. When we reopened for take-out and delivery in mid-May, we were down to 20 customers on a good day, an over 90% loss in business. Even when we were slow those two months, the employees got paid in full.
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.