A Replacement is Found for the Departed Tiengarden Vegan Restaurant on Allen Street

Posted on: September 24th, 2015 at 5:00 am by


​Dead in the grave for a mere four months, the departed vegan eatery Tiengarden still maintains a ghostly presence at Allen Street. Taking the form of window leafing. Yet not for long. There is already a new restaurant concept vying for the space.

As of this week, the Misrahi Realty tombstone signage is deposed, replaced instead with an update about the successor. The requisite Community Board 3 notice sits in the doorway and promises the forthcoming arrival of Mr. Watanabe, a business owned by one Takayuki Watanabe. Other than their stated intention for beer and wine privileges, details are scant about this venture. The paperwork wasn’t properly completed, so we’ll just need to wait until the full October agenda is released.

Tiengarden held court at 179 Allen Street for twenty years before its demise last May. It tried to stay alive with a substantial remodeling in early 2013, but that couldn’t solve the problem of foot traffic. Or, lack thereof. Those woes coupled with a rent hike to $10,000 per month were ultimately to blame.


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