Queens restaurants that fed COVID-19 front-line workers seek support after Ida

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 QUEENS — Queens restaurants on the front lines feeding families in need during COVID-19 need support after Ida struck the region.

After a dismal year due to COVID-19, the owners of dozens of Queens restaurants, who helped feed families during the pandemic, are asking for support. 

Many of their basements and dining rooms were destroyed and ravaged by Ida’s floodwaters.  

At La Adelita in Woodside, the basement kitchen was submerged in several feet of water.  Like so many Queens restaurants, within 24 hours, they were back in business, delivering takeout to loyal customers, even catering a wedding on the weekend.  

Maria and Cynthia Iglesias are mother and daughter, who opened up the popular Woodside restaurant months before pandemic hit last year, and now they have to deal with flood damage. 

La Adelita is just one of over 75 restaurants during the pandemic that helped feed thousands of families in need with a non-profit called Queens Together.

“If you want to help, dine, tip and repeat,” said non-profit executive director Jonathan Forgash.

Forgash said many restaurants cleaning up now were on the front lines, helping their communities during COVID—and now need support. 

Pochana on 30th Avenue in Astoria is one of them.

Natt Garun said her family-run business lost four refrigerators worth thousands of dollars. “My parents helped feed front-line workers and nurses. They are so loved. We are still here.  Anything the community can do to help so we can move forward,” said Garun. 

Astoria Bier and Cheese along Ditmars Boulevard also had a flooded basement.  

Owner Rick White had one message for everyone: “Dine out, take out.” 

“We encourage everyone to support us. Without them, we can not exist,” said White.  

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