Today the day after reopening for take out and delivery Jackie’s Place endured a bad fire. Our BBQ pit suffered a grease fire that got of hand very quickly. With the added wind the back of our restaurant also caught on fire. The fire moved from a grease fire to an electrical one very quickly. Thankfully no one was hurt. However the fire department declared the building unsafe in its current state. Jackie’s Place like all businesses was first dealing with the Covid19 pandemic and now a fire. As of right now we are closed for business.
I am starting this gofundme as a staffer and community member that wants the restaurant to reopen. Jackie’s Place is not just about food. Its a community gathering place. For those unfamiliar with Ms. Jackie’s story she started a catering company twenty one years ago. Her business was so successful she went from sharing a catering kitchen to getting her own. That catering kitchen is actually the building you know as Jackie’s Place. Ms. Jackie’s eight adult kids convinced her to open a restaurant.
On November 3, 2018 Jackie’s Place opened for business. A line went down the block all day until the food sold out. Ms. Jackie never imagined that her place would be so busy and loved. We are the only soul food restaurant in the entire South Bay, Ms. Jackie had no idea she was filling a need. She was featured on NBC Bay Area last year during Black History Month. She was recently named Women Of The Year. She was set to fly to New York to appear on The Mel Robins show days before shelter in place began.
Ms. Jackie feeds the homeless in her free time. She also brings homeless people off the street and feeds them. Her restaurant and her catering business have provided so many jobs for the community. At this time I am asking the community to donate whatever they can to support Ms. Jackie and the Jackie’s Place family in uncertain time so we can reopen for you!!!!! We love you all.
Lindsey Leong on behalf of our supporters