Friends of Angelica Kitchen

$14,849 of $245k goal

Raised by 236 people in 1 month
Ken Kessig
on behalf of Leslie McEachern
 NEW YORK, NY
Angelica Kitchen 1976-2017

Typically, the closing of a restaurant is not newsworthy. As many of us know, Angelica Kitchen is more than a restaurant and the closing of Angelica's on April 7th is not only newsworthy, it is deserving of a response from the community.

We're friends of Leslie McEachern, Angelica's owner, and are raising funds through Go Fund Me to help pay outstanding balances to Angelica's suppliers, farmers and service providers.

Angelica Kitchen has been part of the fabric of the East Village for 40 years as a shining example of how one person can make a difference. Armed with a big vision, dozens of local farmers, talented chefs and delicious food, Leslie changed the culinary landscape. Committed to the grassroots organic movement since the 1960's and leading by example, her restaurant became a cornerstone of clean, whole, plant-based cuisine throughout New York City and far beyond.

AK customers talking about why they love the restaurant:


Sadly, as a result of increased rent and operating costs combined with reduced patronage, the restaurant has been operating at a loss for over two years. Having poured all of her personal resources into the business in an attempt to sustain it, that effort has failed and she's now deeply in debt. Leslie feels a commitment to avoid having her difficulties adversely affect local farmers and small independent businesses, some of whom have been with Angelica Kitchen since the beginning.

Our goal for this fundraiser is $245,000.00. Unfortunately, nothing can be done to resuscitate Angelica Kitchen, but Leslie has many significant financial issues to deal with and would be grateful if Angelica could close with a clean slate, without financially damaging the small businesses who stood by her, some for 40 years.

It's our hope that by spreading the word we can help Leslie achieve this goal. Please post a link to this fundraiser https://www.gofundme.com/friends-of-angelica-kitchen on your social media and e-mail it to your friends. We deeply appreciate your participation.

Tom Ponzio
Monica Gotz

#friends_of_angelica_kitchen
friendsofangelicakitchen at gmail.com

In this video by Healthy Goose, Leslie talks about AK:



In 1988, when Leslie first found the space on 12th St.

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Update 5
Posted by Ken Kessig
18 days ago
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Good morning folks! Thank you for your ongoing support of our fundraiser. We've received 158 donations. Thank you all!
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Update 4
Posted by Ken Kessig
22 days ago
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We've uploaded a short video to our campaign page featuring a few AK fans talking about why they love us. Check it out!

Our fundraising campaign is still going strong, thank you to everyone! Please keep spreading the word.
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Update 3
Posted by Ken Kessig
26 days ago
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Thank you, supporters! We've received 80 donations and are thrilled with our progress. For those who won't be able to visit before we close on April 7, please consider donating the cost of a meal. Thank you!
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Update 2
Posted by Ken Kessig
27 days ago
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Good morning AK fans! The restaurant is crazy busy and we've passed 5K in our fundraiser! Please help us by posting or emailing the fundraiser link far and wide, we need to get the fundraiser noticed! And if you can, please donate!
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$14,849 of $245k goal

Raised by 236 people in 1 month
Created March 22, 2017
Ken Kessig  
on behalf of Leslie McEachern
GA
$25
GARY ARMBRUSTER
3 days ago
DV
$10
Daniel Villaveces
3 days ago
$25
Anonymous
4 days ago
$90
Anonymous
5 days ago
DL
$40
David Lawrence
5 days ago

The comparison that comes to mind about losing Angelica is losing my mother. It was a lifesaver for a vegetarian who remembered the 60's and early 70's when only Asian restaurants had nutritious vegetarian options and none were fit for everyday eating. It was the only restaurant that had really good variety within its vegetarian offerings. At others, I always selected just one meal and would choose them when I wanted that particular meal. At Angelica one had to make a choice each time out. But why oh why didn't Leslie let us know sooner and publish her budget? She could have polled customers and maybe found there'd be enough to support a price rise of 10 - 15% rather than let it close. It was one of the most modestly priced places in town. I never spent as much as $40 including tax and tip for a dinner for one.

JL
$30
Jennie Livingston
8 days ago

Thank you for all the great meals, and for creating a space that felt like safety, community, and family. Have been a grateful customer for 32 years. The restaurant will live in my heart, and in my own kitchen.

ED
$25
Ellen Devens
8 days ago

As a native New Yorker, your closing was the saddest for me. Living in Manhattan since the 70's, there was no place like your kitchen. One bite of your cleverly named and deliciously crafted menu items helped my body feel whole and balanced. I am so grateful and hope you re-open somewhere in Manhattan, even a small space..maybe even take out..

$100
Anonymous
8 days ago
CR
$50
Carol Flamm Reingold
10 days ago

I remember you with greatfulness for your wonderful restaurant and for your sharing your space for Peter Crowell's memorial.

PA
$100
Pamela Armstrong-Manchester
10 days ago
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