Vegan Cafe 'sNice Shuttering at End of the Month

By Danielle Tcholakian on April 11, 2014 12:26pm 

 'sNice West Village is closing for good on April 25.
'sNice West Village is closing for good on April 25.
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Sinvin Real Estate

WEST VILLAGE — Longtime Eighth Avenue vegan spot 'sNice is closing its doors for good on April 25, the owners said.

The cafe at 45 Eighth Ave. opened in 2004 and was a haven for those in search of vegan and vegetarian sandwiches and baked goods, as well as free Wi-Fi.

"It's been our absolute pleasure serving all of you for the past TEN years!" 'sNice wrote in a Facebook post late last month, noting that the restaurant's lease expires at the end of April.

"Just want to say thanks to all the devoted customers and all the people who have worked alongside us and made this such a special place," the post continued. "A status update on a Facebook page can not begin to express how much we have loved serving you all."

The post encourages visitors to stop by and say goodbye, or visit the cafe's Park Slope location on Fifth Avenue, which will remain open, an employee there said.

A listing for the 13,000-square-foot West Village space posted by Sinvin Real Estate says it is asking $21,500 per month in rent.

Sinvin Realtor Steve Rappaport said there's already been "an awful lot of interest in the space from restaurants and also from some very notable bakeries and cafes."

"They're in the process now of decided who we're going to go with," Rappaport said of the building's owners, who could not immediately be reached for comment.

'sNice also previously had a third location, on Sullivan Street in SoHo, but it closed earlier this year, SoHo Strut reported.

The restaurant announced that closure on Facebook as well, writing in a Feb. 3 post, "Thanks to everyone for five years of support."

'sNice's owners could not immediately be reached for comment.

Customers greeted news of the West Village 'sNice's impending closure with dismay.

"No way! This is such a shame! I love this place so much!" wrote Mariana Lopez De Castilla, who said she will miss "the awesome oatmeal and delicious sandwiches."

"Noooo!!! One location is not enough to feed my vegan panini addiction!!" wrote Maya Ahluwalia.

Another commenter bemoaned the closing of various vegan hotspots, including Viva Herbal Pizzeria and Food Swings.

"I keep coming back here, expecting to see a 'Nah, we're not closing, after all' kind of post," wrote Ren Thaler. "It's such terrible news!!"

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