Kate’s Joint, vegetarian restaurant and bar, has been a staple in New York City’s East Village since 1996. Solely owned and operated by neighborhood native Kate Halpern, who dreamt to create an affordable restaurant to serve the community she grew up in. Kate’s Joint has grown to become much more than just a business, it is a home for locals and travelers a like, a place to bring family and friends, and to meet new ones.
Unfortunately, with the changing neighborhood and economic recession Kate’s Joint has seen a fall in business and rise in costs. Kate is currently in arrears with the landlord. Eviction notices have been sent, court appearances have been made, and if a substantial amount of money is not raised by April 11th, the next court date, the doors will shut permanently at Kate’s Joint. The East Village will lose another neighborhood landmark.
Anyone who has ever met Kate knows how hard she has worked over the past 15 years, and how dedicated she is to this business. She has many plans to increase business, including transforming a section of the restaurant in to a bakery featuring vegan and gluten free baked goods, reaching a new market of morning commuters who would be able to grab a cup of coffee and a vegan muffin on their way to work. That being said, first thing is first, fighting off this eviction!
Please help save Kate’s Joint, a little bit of the East Village preserved on the corner of 4th Street and Avenue B.
This is not just about saving Kate’s Joint; it is about preserving the East Village. It is about preserving small, female owned businesses. Don’t let Avenue B turn in to a row of Starbucks and banks; help keep small businesses alive!
What We Need & What You Get
Through donating today not only do you get to see Kate’s Joint enter their 16th year of business, you also get to choose from some amazing perks including a four course meal cooked by Kate herself, or a cooking class led by Kate! Any donation can also be redeemed for a gift certificate worth 50% of the donation (e.g. $300 donation= $150 gift certificate). Perks of lower value can also be claimed with any donation of higher value (e.g. donation of $1000 can= party for 10, or a cooking class, or a t-shirt).
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