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After 4-alarm fire, El Taco Riendo looks for help paying 21 employees

The fire is believed to have started in apartments above the businesses.

A fire that damaged multiple businesses and apartments in Northeast Minneapolis Sunday has left the owners of a restaurant looking for ways to keep its 21 employees receiving a paycheck. 

"Our Restaurant has a team of 21 employees who are in need of their income to support their families," said Miguel Cruz, the organizer of a GoFundMe for the restaurant. "We know this is a hard time not only for us, and we hope the things around the world get better soon."

Cruz is asking for help covering "at least one month" of payroll, forecasting a need for $30,000. As of 1 p.m. Monday, the fundraiser had generated just over $1,500. 

El Taco Riendo and Anelace Coffee were damaged by the fire, which Minneapolis Fire Department believes ignited in the apartments above the businesses. Anelace Coffee closed March 16 in wake of the coronavirus. 

Fortunately, the Mexican restaurant was not completely destroyed by the fire, but enough damage was done to shutter it temporarily, with no specific timeline for when it'll be able to repair and reopen. 

There is another El Taco Riendo located in Crystal, which remains open for to-go orders. 

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