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Category Archive: Obituaries

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  1. The End of SuperVegan as We Know It

    Filed under: Obituaries SuperVegan

    sv_ad_eatandgossip_150x300This is the last blog post on SuperVegan. Observant readers will have noticed that updates to the site have slowed considerably. At this point, officially hitting “eject” is the right thing to do, rather than pretending the tape is still playing.

    Thanks to the wonderful people did work for the site over the years. While I own SuperVegan and named it, I was only one of several founders, and one of several dozen people who contributed.

    Thanks to our readers, supporters, and fans. I know we helped a lot of people have a better vegan life, and that was always the point.

    The web has changed a lot since SuperVegan launched February, 2006. And the vegan world has changed a lot in that time, too. SuperVegan never set out to make sense as a business (for better or worse), but instead prioritized providing information and resources for those committed to ethical veganism. We kept it up pretty well for a while.

    I’m not closing SuperVegan because that work is done, but simply because my collaborators and I have got too many other things to do. Many of the problems we set out to solve in 2006 still exist. Many of the gaps we sought to fill remain unfilled. Hopefully by stepping aside, we’ll make it easier for other sites to be more active and do a better job providing information for vegans than we have been lately.

    We’re keeping the vast majority of the old content up online, at least for a while. Because I’m a sentimental fool, sure, but also because keeping information available is the right thing to do. It’s always a bummer when content disappears from the web. We will, however, close comments on posts, and clearly label everything as archived/ossified.

    It is entirely possible that future projects will occur under the aegis of SuperVegan. Some of them may resemble things we’ve done in the past. Some may be totally new territory. If you want to stay in the know, join the SuperVegan Projects mailing list.

    We’ll keep our Twitter account going for now. People seem to like that, and it’s a small enough commitment.

    Vegan Drinks NYC will continue under its own steam (though we’re taking the month of October off; the next event will be November 21).

    Comments will be open on this post for a while, if you have anything to say about it.

    Bye for now,
    Jason

  2. Whole Earth Bakery and Kitchen is closing next week. For real this time*. So hurry over to 130 Saint Marks Place (between 1st Ave and Anvenue A) to get your old-school vegan goodies!

    While their real website says nothing about the situation, there are regular updates happening on the Whole Earth Bakery and Kitchen Facebook page. Sounds like the last day to shop there is Monday, December 24, and “if you don’t have Christmas plans early in the day please consider coming by to help Peter get ready for the auction.”

    According to statement sent to us by Fran Luck, a friend of the restaurant,

    [On December 15th] in court, Peter Sylvestri owner/creator of the Whole Earth Vegan Bakery on St. Marks Place, was forced to sign a stipulation that he would vacate the premises of the Whole Earth Vegan Bakery by January 15. His lawyer advised him that signing would buy him a month, whereas if he went to trial, he would probably wind up evicted within a week from the old-style Lower East Side store where he’d baked his wonderful original vegan concoctions for close to 30 years,

    Peter had fallen into arrears totaling over $40,000, representing 8 months of his outrageous $5,300 rent. Peter told me tonight that when the rent had been $3,000. he could just about eke by. But this wasn’t high enough for Ronald S. Friedman, who owns many properties in the gentrifying “East Village” and the rapacious landlord tried to squeeze another $2,000. a month out of Peter.

    For a prime spot on Saint Mark’s Place near Tompkins Square Park, $5,300 a month doesn’t sound all that crazy these days. It’s too bad Whole Earth has to close completely, rather than moving to a neighborhood more like what the East Village was 30 years ago

    Whole Earth Bakery and Kitchen always felt like a throwback to an earlier era, even when I started going there in the mid-1990s. They didn’t grow and change much with their neighborhood, or with advances in vegan baking. This kept some customers very happy, but left a lot of others mystified (a living museum of 1970s health-food cookery just isn’t going to please everyone). Personally, while I’ve never been too impressed with Whole Earth’s sweets, I’ve always really enjoyed their savory food. And they did rearrange the interior a few times, making it into a much more welcoming space. If you haven’t been there in a few years (you know who you are), drop by this weekend.

    I’ve always quite liked this illustration of Whole Earth by “Mihoko who is from Japan”. I hope no one minds me sharing it here. Goodbye Whole Earth Bakery and Kitchen, and thanks for blazing a path for all the vegan bakeries and kitchens that have followed in your footsteps!

    * There’s been a whole lot of wolf calling over the years (we wrote at least six now-it’s-closing-no-it-isn’t posts about it six years ago), but it sounds like this time it’s definitely the end.
  3. RIP, m’lady.

    Without any ado, Quarrygirl.com, a much appreciated vegan blog out of Los Angeles, shuttered last week. Redirecting to her twitter feed, which she is tweeting from regularly, the unidentified vegan blogstress seems to have had an epiphany whilst attending a Morissey concert to the effect of, “enough is enough.” After four years, her term is apparently over.

    We at SuperVegan would like to thank Quarrygirl and her contributing writers for what was (and still is, in its archived form) a tremendous resource for vegan eating. Operation Pancake?! I mean, c’mon! That was ah-mazing! Blogging is hard hard work, and often goes unrecognized, so thanks thanks thanks for all of yours! We hope you enjoy your early retirement and wish you the best of luck with whatever you get yourself into next, a lifetime of delicious vegan food to feast on, and maybe a pony? I dunno, something nice.

    In the meantime, gentle readers, if you’d like us at SuperVegan to pick up where QG left off, create a LA Restaurant Guide, or something else only you have thought of, please let us know! Leave a comment, it’s easy, and we really like hearing from you!

  4. Yes, the hot food can be pretty brown. But the salad bar is green and fresh as can be!

    Yes, the hot food can be pretty brown. But the salad bar is green and fresh as can be!

    After six years hidden in the basement of the Equitable Building at 120 Broadway, Little Lad’s Basket is being kicked out. Their last definite day in the current location will be next Thursday, August 11.

    They are very serious about reopening elsewhere as soon as they can, but given the cutthroat vagaries of the NYC real estate and restaurant markets, who knows when that might be. So go eat there this week! I hope they have the “Crafty” mac and cheese and unlimited guacamole when you go!!

    In addition to being awesome in it’s own right, Little Lad’s is by far the best option for vegan food in the Financial District (fighting for second place we have Sam’s and Alan’s falafel carts, Chipotle, and Hale & Hearty; not much). Little Lad’s is planning to stay in the neighborhood, where their customers already know and love them. (Those waiting for affordable, quality vegan food in Midtown will have to keep on waiting.)

    If you’re unfamiliar with LLB, it’s a vegan lunch and breakfast spot, offering both à la carte options and an all-you-can eat buffet. The buffet is the main attraction, with lunch at $6.50 (including tax) and breakfast for about $4 (feel free to comment with the actual price; I haven’t been for breakfast since the latest price rise and Little Lads’s website is out of date.) For breakfast, you get potatoes, scramble, oatmeal, bagels, toast, “buttah” spread, and fruit. For lunch, expect a couple of soups, a great salad bar, a hot table full of brown comfort food, and fresh fruit with granola and “sweet cream” for dessert. Plus, free wifi.

    Part of the magic of Little Lad’s is how hard it is to find and how bizarre their space is. For about a year there’s been a small sign in the lobby. But before that, the descent was something of a leap of faith–could there really be a vegan restaurant down there? And once you’ve descended that majestic marble staircase, the restaurant occupies a rambling warren of subterranean galleries, equally charming and surreal. Obviously it will be a good thing if their new space is easier to find, and maybe has some daylight, but I doubt I’m the only one who will miss the current spot.

    It’s a Seventh Day Adventist establishment, and in addition to no animal products, they serve no chocolate, no coffee (breakfast customers beware!), no baking powder, no baking soda, and no fermented items (including vinegar, but they still make awesome salad dressings). While the checkout area has materials advocating eating fewer (and ending subsidies for) animal products, I’ve never noticed any proselytizing on behalf of Seventh Day Adventism.

    For a bit more background and a sense of exactly how hard-working and tireless owner Larry Fleming and his staff and family are, I recommend this New York Observer article.

    I had a brief chat with Larry today. When I asked if he had anything he wanted me to include in this post, his emphatic response was: “Refuse to be served garbage.” Amen! And big thanks to Little Lad’s for making it so much easier to follow this great advice. Let’s hope they reopen really soon.

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