Many Jackson Heights/Elmhurst residents know and love Louie's Pizza on Baxter Ave. for the delicious food and friendly staff. Louie's stayed open throughout the pandemic, providing much-needed energy and sustenance to the heroic workers of nearby Elmhurst hospital, not to mention delivering countless meals to those of us sheltering at home. We knew the owners were heroes, but the bravery and heroism they showed last night was truly off the charts.
Last night, a group of three men stabbed and robbed a 61 year old Korean woman in front of Louie's, and the owner, Louie Suljovic, and his father, Cazim, rushed outside and intervened. Horrifically, they were both stabbed multiple times while subduing two of the attackers. In spite of their serious injuries, they managed to hold them down until the police arrived and arrested them. Louie and Cazim are both recovering in nearby Elmhurst hospital, the very place they helped support during the worst days of the Covid pandemic.
This fundraiser is to help with their medical expenses and to help pay the staff while the restaurant is closed.