by MPD
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Bad news for all those tea drinking vegans on the lower east side. 

Late last week, Teany Cafe — an NYC vegan eatery co-founded by Moby —  was destroyed in a fire.  According to reports, an electrical fire ignited the vegan restaurant and gutted the building on Rivington Street.

Moby opened the joint in 2002 with this his then girlfriend Kelly Tisdale, and later turned it over to Tisdale exclusively. 

On his blog, Moby wrote:

 “Apparently Kelly is working hard to repair it and get it re-opened. So there’s a good chance that Teany will re-open at some point in the next month or two.”

Woo! We’re happy to hear that the veggie restaurant will once again stand tall. Oh wait…I mean stand “Teany.”

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  • Kathy from

    Yeah I walked by and took a photo of the polite and sad little sign on the front gate of Teany:

    Hurry back little cafe!


  • The Vegan Good Life

    Very sad to hear this. I had the pleasure of eating there once, and had a tasty, humane and affordable meal that included a delicious vegan quiche.

    They also have a book, “Teany book: stories, food, romance, cartoons, and, of course, tea.” My county’s library system has several copies of it. The library is a great resource for vegan cookbooks and animals rights books of all kinds.

    I wish them the best of luck rebuilding and look forward to visiting them in the future.

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  • Tim

    Wait. It’s vegan? I thought they sold non-vegan items there, like dairy. Bummer about the fire, though. People that work there probably can’t just jump into another job until the place comes back online.

  • The Vegan Good Life

    Tim…you are correct, good catch. They did have dairy on their menu, so it’s technically a vegetarian restaurant.

  • Erin Raw Foods

    Very sad to see any Vegetarian restaurant burn down :( Thoughts go out to the people who lost their jobs and the loss of a restaurant.


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  • VeggieTart

    What a shame. My boyfriend and I would try to hit them when we visited NYC. Last time we shared the most amazing Red Velvet cake from Vegan Treats. Hope you folks reopen soon.

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