“It is an enormous kick in the guts after an already testing 2020.”

That’s the way the owners of Beaconsfield’s garden-to-plate destination O.My Restaurant described a destructive fire at the eatery last Friday, which has caused it to close.

Particularly biting was the fact it had only been open for a single night after finally re-emerging from lockdown.

“Today at around midday a pretty vicious fire ripped through the ceiling of our little restaurant. Thankfully, no one was injured but we will have to close until further notice,” a post on O.My’s Instagram reads.

“This is by no means the end for us ... Thank you for all the messages and care today and thank you to the amazing fire brigade for their quick response. We will be back!”

And that definitely looks like the case – O.My has already hit its Go Fund Me target of $15,000, after a campaign was launched yesterday to help rebuild the eatery. At the time of publishing, $27,094 had been raised, with more than 200 donors contributing.

“My husband Cley Bertoncello and I have put this fund together to help the boys and their employees rebuild what they have created and give them hope in such a horrible and testing time!,” wrote Lauren Bertoncello on the Go Fund Me page. She’s the wife of co-owner Cley Bertoncello who, with his brother Blayne Bertoncello, opened the eatery in 2013.

“The owners of O.My Restaurant ... and their incredible team, who have given their hearts and souls towards building their business into what it is today, are left heartbroken and devastated.”

One fan of the restaurant, Robin Yang, added when donating cash: “My wife and I are huge fans of your food and hold immense respect for all of you (my wife still has the kimchi powder you gave as a birthday present). When we heard of the fire, we wanted to add our support. We look forward to when you reopen!”

The fire was successfully contained after six Country Fire Brigade vehicles were called to the Woods Street premises just after 1pm on Friday November 13. The next-door kindergarten was evacuated but they were eventually told to return, and the scene was contained by 2pm.

Donate to O.My Restaurnant’s Go Fund Me campaign here.