Friday, August 14, 2015

[Updated] A grand reopening at B&H Dairy



After nearly five months, B&H Dairy reopened this morning ... and there was a line of people waiting for one of the 76-year-old lunch counter's handful of seats...



East Village resident Elinor Nauen was among the first to arrive... waiting up the block...


[Photo by Sheila Rothenberg]

The diner was set to start serving again at 9 a.m., though it was actually 9:27 before the doors opened, EVG contributor Berg noted.

Here's a look inside...

A photo posted by Michael Scotto (@mgscotto) on



B&H remained closed after the deadly gas explosion that leveled three buildings on March 26. Owners Fawzy Abdelwahed and Ola Smigielsk faced multiple hurdles (we documented this here) to get the diner back open here between East Seventh Street and St. Mark's Place.

Per NY1:

With the darkest days behind them, Abdelwahed is now relieved that his wife didn't listen to him several months ago when he was ready to give up.

"Since this happened, I explain to her, 'Let's go look for another job,'" he said. "She said, 'No way. This is our dream and we're going to fight for it.'"

B&H is expected to be back to its usual 7 a.m. opening time tomorrow.

Updated noon:

NBC 4 is on the scene talking to B&H patrons about the reopening...



Photos by Derek Berg

12 comments:

olympiasepiriot said...

I was so happy to see them open again!! Omlette, kasha, tea. Made my day MUCH better.

Greg Masters said...

exuberant joy!

Anonymous said...

Yo, mike. Feed me lox!!!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back, B&H!!

Gojira said...

I'll be there Monday! Welcome back!

Anonymous said...

Wow, this says a lot that a family business managing to reopen in this context gets media attention. I've lost hope for The Stage, and so many others :-( Happy for B&H owners and staff, although I actually think their Eastern European dishes are awful (as a born and bred Eastern European).

introspectivenarwhal said...

This makes me so very happy! Sadly I am not in town for their re–opending, but can't wait to organize my friends for our "Return to B&H dinner."

Anonymous said...

Yo who's that reporter in the green dress? <3 <3 <3

Anonymous said...

Was there ever clarity on why the Stage was shut? The landlord isn't to be trusted and the owners' reply was...problematic.

Anonymous said...

NEXT: THE STAGE!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm afraid Stage is gone for good.

olympiasepiriot said...

I, too, think The Stage is gone forever. Ikon was itching to find a way to get them out...

And, I hear Roman is just exhausted by the whole thing. He didn't need that crap.