CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A fundraising campaign on GoFundMe was started by three area restauranteurs to help save Littlejohn's Delicatessen, a sandwich shop on the Corner that has been open for more than 40 years.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant has been closed for more than three months and is at risk of never reopening.

Three locals have started the campaign with the goal of saving the landmark restaurant, famous for sandwiches like the "Chris Long" and the "Nuclear Sub," and for its late-night hours four nights a week. 

The trio has a goal of raising $85,000 to make sure the restaurant will continue to serve University of Virginia students and the community.

"Let's keep this place the way that it is supposed to be, a Charlottesville staple, a part of this community, and we want to give back to it," said Bo Stockton, one of the organizers of the GoFundMe. "The Charlottesville community as a whole has been so amazing in keeping small businesses alive."

They are looking to reopen the restaurant as soon as possible with socially distant service, curbside pickup, and outdoor seating. 

Money raised in the GoFundMe will go toward purchasing the restaurant from the current owner and renovations.