Vegan Cafe Earth to Us Closes Its Durham Place

Earth To Us, a vegan cafe regarded for reworking meat substitutes like tempeh, seitan, and soy protein into sturdy, Puerto Rican-impressed comfort foods, has permanently closed its Durham spot, operator Yanitza Pubill introduced yesterday in a Fb submit.

The restaurant’s Raleigh site, off Jones Franklin Highway, will continue being open up.

Pubill did not immediately answer to the INDY’s ask for for remark but, in a Facebook article, attributed the Durham closure to an unspecified ailment impacting equally herself and her sister, who will shortly receive a lung transplant.

“This journey to restoration needs our family’s utmost attention and assistance, and since the two of our cafe places have household users as personnel, we have produced the tough selection to near our Durham spot so that we can aid [my sister] in a high capability,” Pubill wrote. Pubill is not “seriously sick,” like her sister is, she extra, but has been advised to lower her workload.

Earth To Us began as a pop-up and operated briefly as a food truck before launching its Durham brick-and-mortar at the purchasing center throughout from Northgate Shopping mall in 2019. 

The closure marks a sizeable decline, not just for vegan Durhamites, but for inhabitants in surrounding neighborhoods like Walltown and Northgate Park, whose walkable restaurant possibilities have dwindled in recent a long time. The foodstuff courtroom inside of Northgate Shopping mall shuttered, as the rest of the mall did, in 2020 and C&H Cafeteria, a beloved buffet-design restaurant that occupied the place next to Earth To Us, shut abruptly in January.

Earth To Us was hit with a number of setbacks for the duration of its temporary tenure in Durham. Soon right after the restaurant opened, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down its eating home and in March of this year, Pubill and her staff endured a torrent of vitriolic messages and demise threats after a social media influencer posted a critique that criticized the attentiveness of a cashier.

The restaurant persevered thanks to an outpouring of group support, Pubill wrote on Facebook.

“Your variety terms, prayers, and properly needs have uplifted our spirits during the most demanding situations,” she wrote, “and we can’t thank you sufficient.” 

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