Restoring Angela's

$27,355 of $100k goal

Raised by 65 people in 29 months
David C. McGaffey  ALAMEDA, CA
On Sunday, September 28, arsonists started seven fires in Alameda. One of them totally destroyed Angela's restaurant just as it was set to open. (See photo.)
Saboor Zafari and his family are refugees from Afghanistan. He learned French cooking from a French chef and became a chef himself. In Wisconsin, he learned American tastes and blended his dishes. Then he moved to Alameda, California with his wife and daughter, Angela, and opened his own restaurant, named after his daughter, with a blend of French Mediterranean, American and Afghan dishes. He quickly drew a following as one of the area's most imaginative chefs. He then moved his restaurant twice - just recently to a new location in a fast developing location on Park Street in Alameda. He worked feverishly to get the restaurant ready to open. When you do that, sometimes you forget things. This time, he didn't stop to get insurance.
 The Zafari family was a classic immigrant success story. After leaving Afghanistan with nothing, Saboor built a new life for his family based on hard work and skills. All that he built has now been destroyed, based on a random act of violence.
Yes, he should have had insurance. But his dream was destroyed through no fault of his own - a random victim of serial arsonists. We have the power to restore his dream (and someday soon enjoy his cooking.) A small donation from many of us will see a new Angela's - and an old dream - rising from the ashes. 
I have no connection with the Zafari family or Angela's restaurant, except as a satisfied customer and a person inspired by his struggle and success. Please help me restore this family's hopes.
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Update 4
Posted by David C. McGaffey
28 months ago
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Oops - my error. The correct name of the restaurant which hosted the kickoff for the Saboor Arson Relief Fund is Trabocco (in South Shore Center). Great Italian food, and a great Italian name. I misspelled it.
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Update 3
Posted by David C. McGaffey
28 months ago
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Dear Friends.
There is so much happening that I find it hard to keep us. We have over $26,000 in the Saboor Zafari Arson Relief Fund account now, raised from this website, and from sales of Saboor's chutneys at the City-sponsored Pancake Breakfast for Arson Victims, from a cocktail event at Trobacco's Restaurant, and from Saboor's delicious meal at the Elk's Club. Upcoming are two events at Céra Una Volta restaurant, another Saboor dinner at Rythmics before the Kathy and the Kelly Park Trio show there on Nov. 8. Your warmth and generosity is greatly appreciated, but we still have a long way to go. I will try to keep you informed.
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Update 2
Posted by David C. McGaffey
28 months ago
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We are now well above $16,000 - on our way to our target. It feels as if everyone in the community in moving to help Saboor. On FUNDday Sunday, almost every restaurant in town in having a special to assist 'one of their own'- Saboor. On Oct 20, separately, Trabocco in SouthShore will have a cocktail hour and a % of food sales for Saboor. Our big events are Oct. 23, at the Elk's Club, where Saboor will cook a buffet meal for all comers ($75/person) and Nov. 8 at Rythmics where Saboor will again cook a meal at 6:30 and Kathy will sing with the Kelly Park Trio, with all proceeds for the fund. Together, we can do this.
My sincere thanks to all of you.
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Update 1
Posted by David C. McGaffey
29 months ago
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We've just passed the $1,000 mark. Thank you all. In addition, we have a little over $11,000 in local donations, plus offers of in-kind help. That means we are well over 10% of our goal, and Saboor is looking into possible locations for his Angela's emerging from the ashes.
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Cecilia Merino
23 months ago

Hello. Saboor . I was referred to you by Judy Seymour and her friends( regulars at your old restaurant ) I heard about the tragic arson and would like to extend my services. I am SF Designer, who now resides in Alameda. I have designed a couple of award winning restaurants, I was told you may have a Designer, but who’s skill set may be in Residential. ( Cami Shumacher). Please let me know if you would like a complimentary Consult , I know time is of essence so I can myself available at your convenience. I have included a link to my portfolio for your viewing. Best. Cecilia Merino Portfolio: http://www.ceciliamerinostudio.com T.415.713.8498 "Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love." - Louis Kahn

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$27,355 of $100k goal

Raised by 65 people in 29 months
Created September 30, 2014
CH
$20
Casey Hutchison
26 months ago
$100
Anonymous
26 months ago
DM
$100
Denise MacGregor-Franco
26 months ago
LF
$100
linda foley
27 months ago
$50
Anonymous
27 months ago
HB
$50
Herb and Dorie Behrstock
27 months ago
RG
$100
Robert Gilden
27 months ago
VF
$20
veronique fleming
27 months ago

i don't have alot but wanted to give a donation. i wish you a healing recovery & good food daily!

KL
$50
Ken Letsch
28 months ago

Jenny and I were saddened by the fire and hope this donation will help.

KB
$50
Karen and Bruce Bolla
28 months ago
Cecilia Merino
23 months ago

Hello. Saboor . I was referred to you by Judy Seymour and her friends( regulars at your old restaurant ) I heard about the tragic arson and would like to extend my services. I am SF Designer, who now resides in Alameda. I have designed a couple of award winning restaurants, I was told you may have a Designer, but who’s skill set may be in Residential. ( Cami Shumacher). Please let me know if you would like a complimentary Consult , I know time is of essence so I can myself available at your convenience. I have included a link to my portfolio for your viewing. Best. Cecilia Merino Portfolio: http://www.ceciliamerinostudio.com T.415.713.8498 "Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love." - Louis Kahn

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