When the owner of Cafe Jacqueline fell ill right as the pandemic shut down San Francisco, things were looking dire for her North Beach restaurant. Jacqueline Margulis, known for her beloved soufflés, had fallen ill with an infection that landed her in the hospital for three weeks. In the meantime, the cafe fell behind on applying for small-business loans.
When its owner fell ill, 42-year-old Cafe Jacqueline almost closed. Now, it’s reopening.2/2 SLIDES © Mary K. Via Yelp
When its owner fell ill, 42-year-old Cafe Jacqueline almost closed. Now, it’s reopening.2/2 SLIDES
Cafe Jacqueline needed all the help it could get, so Margulis' son, Ariel Margulis, launched a GoFundMe.
"Our goal is to give my mother enough time to fully recover and get back behind her bowl of eggs and continue doing what she loves the most in this world, running her small restaurant and whipping up soufflés," read a note from Ariel on the GoFundMe at the time. "We are crossing our fingers that she will be able to return to her restaurant soon, but this can only happen if she is able to keep her establishment afloat without actually generating income."
They were met with an outpouring of support, far surpassing their goal of $60,000 — as of today, Cafe Jacqueline has raised more than $125,000 for its staff and business expenses.
Now, a year and a half later, Cafe Jacqueline fans received some great news, as first reported by Tablehopper. As of October 12, the cafe has reopened and it sounds like the 84-year-old herself is back in the kitchen whipping up soufflés.
"First off, Jacqueline is doing much better," read a recent update from Ariel on the GoFundMe. "She still needs to focus on getting stronger but overall she is indeed improving by the day. Over the last several months she has spent most of her time tending the restaurant with her staff."
Diners are asked to respect Jacqueline's space and to adhere to San Francisco health and safety guidelines when visiting the cafe.
"I would like to say thank you and a million blessings to everyone here," continued Ariel's update. "All the support and love from the community is absolutely amazing and without this the restaurant would never have survived. Because of all of you Cafe Jacqueline is back!!!"
Cafe Jacqueline, located at 1454 Grant Ave, San Francisco, is now open Tuesday through Saturday, 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Editor's note: This news was first reported by Tablehopper. The story has been updated to reflect this.
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