BUFFALO, NY-- A German-American restaurant on Buffalo's East Side that was threatened with closing is now optimistic about its future.
A big fundraising effort including Monday evening's event called "Scarf for Scharf's" has helped to turn things around.
Scharf's Schiller Park Restaurant, which has specialized in German-American food since the Scharf Family opened it in 1967, was in fear of going under.
Owners say a misperception about safety in the neighborhood kept customers away.
"Any customers who question me about the neighborhood, I assure them we've never had an issue with cars being broken into or people being accosted on their way out the doors," said owner Jerry Scharf.
"We do everything we can to keep the neighborhood positive," he added.
Jerry says thanks to the community support, they have events booked all month long and into the fall, which is traditionally their busiest time of the year.
The City of Buffalo has also invested in refurbishing and maintaining nearby Schiller Park, which has also added value to the neighborhood.