New Yorkers lined up at a Ukrainian restaurant to show solidarity following the Russian invasion

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  • New Yorkers lined up for local Ukrainian restaurant Velselka after Russiait’s invasionaccording to the NYT.
  • The restaurant owner told the NYT that there are normally no queues at this time of day.

A local Ukrainian restaurant in new York was teeming with guests on Thursday after news that Russia had invaded the country, reported the New York Times.

Veselka, located on Second Avenue, had a line of New Yorkers stretching around the block, according to The Times.

It comes as hundreds gathered in Manhattan to protest Russia’s attack on Ukrainechanting “Stop the war” and “Stop Russia now” while holding Ukrainian flags, the Times reported.

the restaurant staff said a prayer before Veselka opened on Thursday, the Times reported.

Patrons dine at Veselka’s outdoor restaurant amid the coronavirus pandemic in the East Village on April 07, 2021 in New York City.Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

“We’re getting an outpouring of love,” Veselka owner Jason Birchard told The Times. “We usually don’t have a queue at this time of day.”

One of the waitresses, called Tania Didyk, told The Times she was struggling to work on Thursday and felt bad that her family was still in Ukraine while she was in New York.

The city has the largest Ukrainian community in the United States, according to Reuters.

Birchard told Veselka’s website that his grandfather opened the restaurant in 1954.

Veselka offers a range of traditional Ukrainian dishes on its menu, including potato pancakes, goulash and dumplings called pierogi, according to its website.

Veselka did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment made outside of U.S. business hours.

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