Ola and Fawzy Abdelwahed

This true New York love story features a Muslim born in Egypt and a former Catholic born in Poland who worked across the street from one another, fell in love, got married, and now run Kosher restaurant B&H Dairy together at 127 2nd Avenue between 7th Street and St. Mark’s Place. B&H Dairy has served generations of Lower East Side and East Village residents and New Yorkers from every walk of life. B&H Dairy received a Village Preservation Village Award in 2017 and celebrated its 80th birthday in 2018. In the oral history Fawzy and Ola discuss running B&H Dairy since 2003 and the challenges they have faced, including the near-destruction of their space and closure for months as a result of the nearby 2nd Avenue gas explosion in 2015.