Shin Jung Restaurant was the victim of a devastating fire last week that completely destroyed their Mills 50 Korean BBQ space.

General Manager, Michael Lee, has since launched a GoFundMe for the family-run restaurant, which has been in business for over 25 years, to help cover the costs of rebuilding the space.

“As immigrants and foreigners we have worked very hard. I work over 70-85 hours weekly, and for the first 10 years, my dad worked open to close for 365 days for 10 consecutive years.” – Michael Lee

Lee, who was there the night the fire broke out, told Bungalower that even though the damage was extensive, there is a strong possibility that they may not have to take down the entire building, even though insurance may not cover the loss.

“We are still in the phase of evaluating its damages, it could be repairable or a total loss.”

– Michael lee

Lee told Bungalower that because the building was built with a wood frame, they have been “denied multiple times” for insurance, and “… and even with the insurance situation the building was valued back in the 1920s when its estimated value was 100k and since the kitchen wasn’t damaged due to fire, the insurance company is only considering 60 percent of the insured $100,000.

Lee and his family are looking to raise $200,000 to rebuild the popular restaurant and you can click HERE to contribute to their GoFundMe.

Brendan O'Connor

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