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Crowdfunding Campaign Raises Thousands to Help Struggling Houston Restaurant Owner

The owner of Sicily Pizza & Pasta issued a plea for patrons

Sicily Pizza & Pasta

In an emotional Facebook post, Houston restaurant owner Craig Boncler is pleading with Houstonians to patronize his struggling business.

Boncler, who owns Sicily Pasta & Pizza at 13147 Northwest Freeway, says that construction in the area has “smacked his business upside down,” leaving him unable to afford medications for his three sons, all of whom need insulin daily. Boncler is also facing foreclosure on his home and defaulting on his car loan. If you live anywhere within driving distance, please consider having a meal at my restaurant. And tell your friends. Tell everybody,” he says. “We have a huge menu to choose from, and it's all good food, at a reasonable price.”

Check out the full post below:

I hate doing this... I'm in a lot of trouble. Due to various reasons - some within my control, some not - my restaurant...

Posted by Craig Boncler on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The post has since racked up thousands of comments and shares on Facebook. In the hours following the post, a friend set up a YouCaring account for Boncler and his family, which has since raised nearly $6,000 (exceeding its original goal of $1,500).

The plea for help appears to have worked, at least in the short term. In an updated posted yesterday, Boncler reports an “overwhelming community response” that exceeded his staff’s capacity, asking for volunteers to come help out at the restaurant and offering long-term positions for potential staff.

UPDATE: Since the publishing of this post, the YouCaring account has amassed thousands more in donations. A GoFundMe account has also raked in donations for Boncler and his family.

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