Fred’s restaurant, a core neighborhood spot at 202 West 83rd Street, suffered serious damage in a fire late on Tuesday night. No one was hurt, but the restaurant was seriously damaged and boards are now covering the windows.
Now the restaurant is asking the community for help in rebuilding. The fire destroyed parts of the main dining room, but the kitchen and bar area were spared — and the restaurant’s basic infrastructure remains intact. Fred’s is asking for $50,000 to help it rebuild. “Yes, we will likely have insurance help get us started, but we’ve got a daunting task ahead – to bring back our main dining room from almost total devastation! Every dollar raised will help us rebuild – whether it’s $2 for a picture frame or $50 for a dining room chair, no amount is too small,” the GoFundMe says.
The GoFundMe explains how Fred’s has been one of the key gathering spots on the UWS during previous tragedies, from 9/11 to Hurricane Sandy.
Some of the items that were destroyed have more sentimental than monetary value, like Fred’s legendary dog photos. The restaurant says it may be reaching out to people to help gather more dog photos soon.