Friends of Angelica Kitchen

$14,974 of $245k goal

Raised by 238 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 6
Posted by Ken Kessig
1 day ago
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Hi folks, a big thank you to everyone for your ongoing support! Over two hundred people donated to our Go Fund Me campaign for a total of almost $15,000. Thanks to the fundraiser and your enthusiastic patronage before we closed, we've begun to pay our debts to our local suppliers. We still have a ways to go, so if you're still thinking about donating, please do! Our fundraiser is ongoing. Thank you and please share!
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Update 5
Posted by Ken Kessig
21 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
25 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
29 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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$14,974 of $245k goal

Raised by 238 people in 1 month
Created March 22, 2017
Ken Kessig  
on behalf of Leslie McEachern
JW
$25
Jane Webb
21 days ago
1
1

Thank you!

MS
$30
Melanie Spear
28 days ago
1
1

Angelica Kitchen is an institution in the EV as well as a symbol and inspiration to the vegan community. We are all united in our grief.

EE
$25
Erin Elliott
29 days ago
1
1

LOVE this restaurant - very sad to see it close. Thank you for the truly good food and a cosy, comfortable place to eat it.

HS
$10
Hope Stanger
29 days ago
1
1

Thank you Thank you Thank you for Everything you have given and continue to give to our health and our community each and every day!!! Thank you for doing it before it became 'hip,' and for offering beautiful 'Good, Clean and Fair' food to those of us who wanted it back then. You make a difference in so many lives...oh, and did I say scrumptious delicious :)) Hope Stanger, Holistic Health Counselor and Board Member Slow food Metro North

RF
$100
Robert H. Feuchter
1 month ago
1
1

Another landlord in pursuit of god knows what financial gain forces another small business to close. A great loss.

AM
$150
Ani Mamourian
1 month ago
1
1

After going vegan your restaurant is where I got so many ideas and inspiration to keep going when I was feeling down about not having many places to eat out. Your short-lived brunch menu pancakes were the best I've ever had! You will be missed and I will treasure my cookbook that much more.

SF
$75
Sara Friedman
7 hours ago

You have been such a part of my life -- from my early 20's, when I moved from Dallas to start life in NYC, to 30+ years later, when I've enjoyed many meals here with my daughter. Thank you so very much. You're irreplaceable and will be dearly missed!

DL
$40
David Lawrence
8 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
11 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
11 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..

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