Petisco Vegano is Closing After 15 Years at 189 East Broadway

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The economic impact of the pandemic is being felt across the Lower East Side. The latest casualty is Cafe Vegano, the well-liked local restaurant at 189 East Broadway. The owners of the 15-year-old spot across from Seward Park made the announcement on social media Friday night.

They explained in a letter to customers, “Our landlord has made it extremely difficult for us to operate and continues to do so… After many months of back and forth between ourselves and our landlord, we were unable to come to an agreement on how to move forward and remain a part of this community.” The operators added, “We will post on social media once we find a new home for Petisco Vegano. We are doing everything we can to see you all again soon!!!”

In the spring of 2019, Petisco Vegano abruptly closed and remained shuttered for several months before re-emerging in August of 2019 as an all vegan restaurant.  You can visit for one last meal until Tuesday, when Petisco will close at 189 East Broadway for good.

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Petisco Vegano Opens This Week at 189 East Broadway

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If you’ve been missing Cafe Petisco, the popular neighborhood spot on East Broadway, you’re in luck. A revamped version of the Mediterranean restaurant is reopening tomorrow (Tuesday). But there’s a new twist: the all-day casual eatery is now called Petisco Vegano.

That’s right, Petisco has gone vegan. No more lamb chops, skirt steak or chicken skewers. The new menu features a “Beyond Burger,” a fried coconut tofu sandwich and a gluten free version of mac and cheese. The much-loved Petisco falafel pita is still an option.

This past spring, Cafe Petisco closed, and signage went up suggesting that a collapsed wall in the basement had forced the closure. Renovations have been taking place in recent weeks. There’s new branding on Petisco’s Facebook page, encouraging customers to, “dine with compassion.”  Posted hours are 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Petisco Vegano is located at 189 East Broadway.

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