Melbourne institution Leonardo’s Pizza Palace has been forced to shut indefinitely after a massive fire tore through the kitchen, just two days after lockdown restrictions lifted in the city.
Broadsheet reports that the fire, which was believed to be an electrical fire, destroyed the roof and much of the kitchen equipment at around 8pm on Sunday night. Everyone had to be evacuated but thankfully nobody was hurt in the blaze.
Now the restaurant has set up a GoFundMe page to support staff and get back on its feet.
“This is a devastating kick in the guts after being in lockdown for few past weeks,” owners Guy Bentley and Jon Harper wrote on GoFundMe.
“After an incredibly tough year for everyone this is a bitter pill to swallow.
“Right now our top priority is to support our staff. We have 21 amazing staff and the purpose of this fundraiser it to help them get through the next month or however long it takes us to re-open fully.”
The two added that 100% of the funds raised will go to staff while the restaurant remains shut.
On top of that, Leonardo’s is also slinging limited-edition merch, the profits from which will also be donated to the restaurant’s staff.
For $40 to $50, you can cop a Leonardo’s tote, a white, short-sleeve t-shirt or a black, long-sleeve t-shirt.
As far as pizza restaurant mech goes, this gear looks pretty schmick and you’d be a fool not to grab something while you can.
“Please give what you can, anything helps,” the owners wrote.
“We will reopen as soon as we are able to.”