A couple of Wichita restaurants that have faced tragedy and obstacles this week are getting help from members of the local dining community.
One is Petra, a Jordanian restaurant that burned down after a fire earlier this week. Its owner, who is from Syria, said she later found graffiti on a back storage building that read “Go Back.” Police are investigating.
Starting next week, Tanya’s Soup Kitchen at 1725 E. Douglas is putting on a little fundraiser to help Petra. Wednesday through Saturday, the restaurant will run a special sandwich called “The Petra” and will donate 60 percent from the sales of the sandwich to Petra’s owners.
“We just can’t stand by and do nothing,” Tanya’s co-owner Kelly Ray Leffel wrote on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
Also, local delivery service Wichita2go.com is stepping up to help its client, Bocco Deli at 3010 E. Central, which has been the victim of vandalism three times in the last seven months. Most recently, the front window was broken out, and the restaurant had to close for the day on Monday.
Ranya Taha, the owner of Petra, talks about a fire that destroyed her family’s restaurant the night before. Some graffiti with the words “Go Back” were written on the back of the restaurant. Taha is from Syria and has lived in Wichita for 16 years
An early morning fire that destroyed Petra is being investigated. The restaurant is near 21st and Woodlawn. (Nichole Manna/The Wichita Eagle/Nov. 1, 2017)