As we noted this past week, Angelica Kitchen is facing an uncertain future. The 38-year-old vegetarian favorite launched a public awareness campaign to help keep its doors open on East 12th Street.
Gothamist spoke with owner Leslie McEachern about the situation. She signed a new 5-year-lease in March for $21,000-plus a month. (When she opened in 1985 on St. Mark's Place, her rent was $450 a month.)
"The rent was already way too high per square foot compared to what others in the neighborhood are paying," McEachern says. "We need to make $7,000 a night just to make overhead; utilities, rent, taxes, insurance, the whole shebang." Last winter, with its multiple Polar Vortexes, was particularly difficult for Angelica, and McEachern says there were "many" days over the winter where the restaurant "barely brought in $2,000. We were barely able to stay open."
Before that, Angelica was hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy. "We lost a lot of money during that week because our insurance refused to pay business interruption insurance, which it did with other businesses in the East Village. Things just dropped off after Hurricane Sandy. The whole neighborhood economy just slammed shut, for quite a while."
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Angelica Kitchen is located at 300 E. 12th St. near Second Avenue.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Angelica Kitchen is latest East Village restaurant in danger of closing (35 comments)