EAST VILLAGE — B&H Dairy Kosher Restaurant is almost back in business.
The 73-year-old neighborhood lunch counter will reopen Friday, after four-and-a-half months without cooking gas, its owners announced on Facebook on Wednesday night.
“Gas is on!” they wrote, posting a photo and video of a working range.
Con Edison shut off B&H Dairy’s service for pipe leakages shortly after the Second Avenue gas explosion in March killed two men and destroyed three buildings nearby, the utility previously told DNAinfo. The past few months have been a back-and-forth with the city as the owners worked to make necessary repairs and pass safety inspections while paying their $8,000-a-month rent and other bills.
A Con Edison spokesman confirmed Thursday morning that gas had been restored to the restaurant.
“This is my dream,” co-owner Ola Abdelwahed can be heard saying in the video, as she watched her husband and business partner Fawzy Abdelwahed light the stove. “Beautiful.”
B&H Dairy fans also celebrated on Facebook, “liking” the restaurant’s opening announcement more than 350 times.
“Challaleujah and borscht wishes!” a Facebook user wrote.
The owners are busy prepping the kitchen for its Aug. 14 reopening, Fawzy said Thursday morning. B&H Dairy will open slightly later than usual at 9 a.m., he said, but close at its regular hour at 11 p.m. The diner will resume its 7 a.m. opening Saturday, he added.
For now, the couple is focused on reopening, Fawzy said, but a grand celebration is in the works for next week, which will include food specials.