Bocco Deli at 3010 E. Central lost its front window earlier this week in the third incident of vandalism its faced in seven months. Courtesy photo
Bocco Deli at 3010 E. Central lost its front window earlier this week in the third incident of vandalism its faced in seven months. Courtesy photo

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Dining With Denise Neil

Two Wichita restaurants in need getting assists from dining community

By Denise Neil

dneil@wichitaeagle.com

November 03, 2017 11:17 AM

UPDATED November 03, 2017 11:38 AM

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.

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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.

All day today, the service is offering free delivery for orders placed for Bocco Deli. Those who want to place an order can follow this link then use the code BOCCO at checkout.

Hateful graffiti sprayed on back of restaurant that burned

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. Investigators have not yet said what started the fire. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)

theying@wichitaeagle.com

Fire destroys east Wichita restaurant

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)

nmanna@wichitaeagle.com