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Veggie Castle Closing!

From reader Linda and also the New York Press via Brooklyn Vegan, comes news that Flatbush’s Veggie Castle will be closed after today, December 24, 2007. Today is the last day. And I’m out of town, so I can’t even go for a goodbye binge. But you should go swarm the place!

The end of a 10-year lease is to blame, according to Cindy Bernard, daughter of owner Viburt Bernard. She said the landlord wanted to sell the lot to someone who plans to tear down the building and develop a new commercial space. In the meantime, “distraught” describes the mood among her regulars.

Veggie Castle was truly unique place, and the novelty factor (a White Castle taken over by Rastas) was backed up by delicious, inexpensive, food. We’ll miss you!


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    That sucks, luckily their Queens place does not seem to be in danger. Not sure why Veggie Castle II is not on your list but you can visit them at 132-09 Liberty Ave. in Richmond Hills. Just a heads up this place is total takeout they have maybe one seat for eating in.

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    Andrew Phillip Tipton

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    Oh man! That really stinks…I recently went there, and really enjoyed the food. This is what vegan places in the city need…a sense of humor.

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    I just went there for the second time and saw the notice about their closing. I was upset, but luckily I ordered some extra food to take home. The sign said to visit their other location. I didn’t even know they had another location.

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    Jason Das

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    Yeah, we don’t list the Queens location because we didn’t know about it til now. We’ll get it in there as soon as we can.

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    I emailed you guys about it about a year ago as well as Chin Chin Palace in Staten Island. They have a really big vegan section of their menu. Not the greatest i ever ate, but a nice surprise when visiting my mom on the island.

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    Patrick Kwan

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    hey RichBeBe, thanks for the tips! we get so many emails here that we some times do overlook them, so we definitely do appreciate you taking the time then and now to let us know about the restaurants! i promise to add them by the end of the week (if not sooner)! thanks again!

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    No problem, I think I sounded whiny. But seriously you have the best vegan food guide I have seen anywhere for any city. Keep up the good work!

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    As a local regular, I concur that my mood is distraught. In fact, Flatbush/Kensington is a whole lot less interesting to me now… The subversive nature of a healthy restaurant in a former White Castle increased the karma of everyone within a 50 mile radius. Your shepherd’s pie, fresh veggies, dinner loaf, fish sticks, and fresh juices will be sorely missed. *sob*