Downtown Cincinnati's Shanghai Mama's has made a delicious impact on Queen City diners, as well as visitors passing through, over its two decades in business.
And after the building that the restaurant was located in was suddenly sold, the owners of the Chinese eatery have found themselves in a difficult situation — and they need the community's support.
Shanghai Mama's has started a fundraiser on GoFundMe to tell their story, and why they need your help to continue.
They explain on the site that the building, which they've been in for 20 years, was sold, and they had no time to prepare. "You may be wondering, how much time do we have? None. The doors are locked, and we unfortunately weren't able to give any warning. We wouldn't be reaching out on this platform if it wasn't an emergency," the fundraiser reads.
According to Julia Terino, organizer of the fundraiser, fighting through the pandemic was difficult, but opening up a brand new restaurant is a whole new challenge.
Their goal is to raise $75,000, which will go toward the $150,000 they will need to open the new location they've found.
"We set our goal at $75,000 in hopes we can get a portion of the absolute necessities taken care of. If you donate, your name will be added to a list that is printed, framed, and hung in our new restaurant. We want people who walk through our new doors to know you helped us open them," the fundraiser post reads.
The fundraiser also introduces the man behind Shanghai Mama's, Alex Chin, who has been a chef for 38 years, traveling to Japan, Mainland China and Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia while expanding his culinary craft. When he arrived in Cincinnati, he become involved in several Asian restaurants prior to opening Shanghai Mama's (some that no longer exist), including China Kitchen, Chin Dynasty, Pacific Moon Cafe and Szechuan Garden.
The fundraiser asks that if you are unable to donate at this time, please share their GoFundMe page to help spread the word.
"Thank you for taking your time to read this, and we can't wait to be back in business. We look forward to seeing you all again, and with time, we will. To all those affected by the pandemic, our hearts are with you. We will all make it through this, no matter what."