Pommes Frites was a beloved East Village institution located at 123 2nd Ave before its building was destroyed in last week’s gas explosion, but it could return again: the french fry shop’s owners posted a note on their website and Facebook page asking for donations to help them rebuild, Eater first reported.

The note reads:

On March 26, 2015, Pommes Frites was destroyed by a massive explosion in a neighboring building. We are beyond grateful that our customers and staff were not physically harmed. We are devastated and deeply mourn the loss of others. Pommes Frites is humbled by the outpouring of support from our devoted customers. We are buoyed by your comments and offers of assistance after the devastating explosion that rocked our world and brought our shop down. Asking for help is not easy for us. We have been inundated with requests as to how we can get our doors open once again. Our steadfast staff, some of who experienced the explosion, want to get back to work.
Your contributions will be used to help us to rebuild and find a new home for Pommes Frites.

Pommes Frites set up a donation page. The day before the blast, Pommes Frites posted a photo to Facebook with the caption “You don’t want to look back and think, ‘I could have eaten that.'” Don’t let that happen. If you donate today, you may be able to eat delicious fries and dipping sauces again in the future.

(Photo: Bucky Turco/ANIMALNewYork)