TeaNY Reopens on Rivington Street After Tax-Related Closure
The taxman couldn’t keep TeaNY down.
Recall that the Department of Taxation and Finance stopped by 90 Rivington Street at the end of October. Inspectors seized the popular vegetarian cafe for nonpayment of taxes, and kept the gate shuttered for weeks. Those intimidating orange stickers were also plastered across the glass.
The matter has apparently been resolved, though. TeaNY resumed service within the last few days, three weeks after the mandated closure. Lights are back on, sandwich board on the sidewalk.
TeaNY is a Lower East Side staple, but barely on the radar anymore. It dates back to May 2002 when Moby and then-girlfriend Kelly Tisdale pooled their efforts to open the vegetarian restaurant at 90 Rivington Street. The spot became a destination long before Hell Square earned its notorious nickname. Moby later divested (though, rumor has it he maintains minor stake), and a subsequent ownership change briefly resulted in Teany-ssimo. That rebranding was thankfully short-lived.
Can TeaNY last in the current Hell Square climate?