First St. Mark's Books and now Caffe Vivaldi.
Originally aiming to triple the rent, landlord Croman has made a deal with Vivaldi to keep it in its Greenwich Village home for another 10 years. But they need major donations to stay afloat.
Here's the Facebook update:
Dear friends of Caffe Vivaldi,
Congratulations to all of you, the members of our "Save Caffe Vivaldi" family.
We have an agreement with our landlord. Without your overwhelming support this would not have been possible - almost 5,000 signatures in less than four weeks!!!
Our rent is going to be high, but manageable, provided we raise our revenue by soundproofing and renovating our premises.
Towards that end we have launched a fundraising drive. Our goal is to raise $75,000/- by the end of December. We have already raised $7,000/- in the past few days. We are very proud to note that our support is very broad, ranging from $5 - $1,000/- donations so far.
This enthusiastic response to our fundraising drive makes me certain by the hour that we will reach our target before the New Year. With your support now, we can continue this momentum and make the dream of preserving our beloved Caffe Vivaldi a reality.
Please go to www.caffevivaldi.com and make a donation today.
With Love and Gratitude,