This past Sunday, readers noticed that Viva Herbal Pizzeria, the gluten-free, vegan pizza joint at 179 Second Ave. near East 12th Street, had apparently closed.
There was some thought, though, that the space might have been damaged by a leak
That was not the case. On Wednesday afternoon, workers cleaned out the space, bagging up paper products and pizza boxes and dumping them around the corner on East 11th Street.
Viva's #1 Customer spotted these, and was not pleased.
"Fitting that the movie 'All Is Lost' is playing next door at the Village East Cinema," Viva's #1 Customer told us.
Karen Loew, who works nearby at the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, also spotted the workers emptying the contents of the former pizzeria.
The fellows cleaning out the space, who didn't work for the former or future tenant, said they thought that another pizzeria will replace Viva (makes sense) ... and that Viva was moving to a new location (doesn't quite make sense, given that the workers trashed perfectly good supplies).
In any event, a for lease sign is now up in the former Viva window. The space had been on the market since last August.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Reader report: Viva Herbal Pizzeria has closed on Second Avenue