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Foodswings will close after its landlord raised the rent

Williamsburg, soon to be animal-product-free-restaurant-free

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Brooklyn vegans are down a place to get fried chicken, minus the chicken, now that an animal-cruelty-free Williamsburg staple is closing its doors.

Foodswings, one of the only vegan restaurants in Brooklyn and a guilty pleasure of ultra-ethical animal lovers, announced this week that it will close its doors in 2014 because its landlord is tripling the rent and welcoming in a sushi restaurant. A worker at the humane-but-not-health-conscious eatery on Grand Street said he saw it coming.

“It’s Williamsburg, and that’s what happens here now,” said Foodswings manager Tyler Krupsky. “The neighborhood has changed immensely and we are just the latest ones to go.”

Krupsky said the vegan fast food joint between Havermeyer and Roebling streets has been operating without a lease since the beginning of 2013.

Foodswings’ owners are not yet sure exactly when the restaurant will close. They originally thought they would have to be out by Dec. 31, but they are negotiating for more time, said Krupsky.

The owners may try to reopen in another location or may start a food truck, according to Krupsky.

Vegan activist Deborah Diamant, who runs the monthly fund-raiser Vegan Drinks, said she is sad that one of the few meat-and-dairy-less restaurants in the city is shutting down.

“A lot people think the food vegans eat is so strange, and Foodswings made the food seem less strange,” said Diamant.

The building’s owners could not be reached for comment.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.
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Reasonable discourse

James from Sunset Park says:
COME TO SUNSET PARK! Much love here and cheap rent!
Dec. 19, 2013, 3:10 pm
ginny from sunset says:
i 2nd sunset park. its so lovely. we need a vegan place bad.
Dec. 19, 2013, 3:11 pm
Ralph from Bay Ridge says:
Sunset is the next neighborhood in line those rent are going to start rocketing up pretty soon!!!
Dec. 19, 2013, 6:13 pm
diehipster from Hurting Haydens says:
I am glad this "look at me I'm vegan" place shut down. And NO do not come to Sunset Park or anywhere BELOW THE LINE. You transients will be back in California or Washington soon leaving us with hi rents and empty stores.
Dec. 20, 2013, 8:59 am
Friday from brooklyn says:
There ARE two other truly great vegan restaurants in brooklyn. I'm not gonna say where. They've done well - over the years and don't need no advertising or new transients.
Dec. 20, 2013, 1:22 pm
Hayden from below the line says:
Diehipster trots out his typical nasal whine about transplants but is apparently clueless that Sunset Park and nearby neighborhoods have already been completely transformed by immigrants (mostly Chinese) in recent years. He complains constantly about 'regular' Brooklynites being priced out of 'their' city, as if being born here should entitle them to below market rent for life. Fact is, home owners, most of whom are long time residents, have benefitted greatly from the increased value of their houses and the rental income that many depend on for their retirement. As for the whiny entitled renters like Diehipster, if you've lived here your whole life surrounded by all of the opportunities that the city has to offer, and you still depend on subsidized housing handouts as an adult, well, then perhaps Brooklyn is not for you.
Dec. 21, 2013, 8:52 am
diehipster from Crushing Calebs says:
Yes. Please tell me more about sunset park. Please educate me about immigrants. You are nothing more than a cool hunting transient. Thankfully the Chinese literally are a Great Wall preventing too many of you sheep from moving down here in still - normal Brooklyn. But thanks for the lesson Mason.
Dec. 21, 2013, 12:40 pm
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
The Chinese in Sunset Park. We're working on them. We're dovetailing hipsters into the Indian community in Jackson Heights. Dyker and Bay Ridge are already toast, bedroom communities of Park Slope. But be it mook or immigrant, Zion will prevail eventually. Vegan, artisanal Zion. Abracadabra baby. Shazzam!
Dec. 26, 2013, 12:51 pm

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