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A hangout for many Ukrainians who lived there, the reputation of this small cafe grew far outside the community’s confines.

In 1975, Wolodymyr died and his son-in-law, Tom Birchard, took over management of the restaurant. Veselka’s popularity became so widespread that in November, Birchard opened a second restaurant, called Veselka Bowery, not far from the original eatery.

In 2009, Birchard published a cookbook featuring some of Veselka’s most popular recipes.

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