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New Owner Returns Grassroots Funds for the Pink Tea Cup

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West Village soul food institution The Pink Teacup, is reopening next Monday, but not before raising some eyebrows among its biggest supporters. After the staple closed early this year, supporters created an online Save The Pink Teacup campaign, raising what the new Teacup owner says was $2,000 in funds. Today, however, an e-mail message was sent to donors notifying them that their money would be returned:

We regret to inform you along with many other changes that have come to our attention, your generous gift to keep the doors open has not been accepted by new owner, Lawrence Page. We are deeply saddened by his refusal and the message it sends to the restaurants supports.
However, representatives for the restaurant tell Eater that Page had declined it because he said he felt it was unethical to accept the money, "The whole purpose of the Save the Tea Cup campaign was for the original location," said a rep for the restaurant. "[Page] didn't feel it was right to take the money that had the purpose of saving the original location."

Page bought the name of the 55-year-old institution in February, and moved the restaurant to Seventh Ave South, just a few blocks from its original Grove Street location.
—Thomas Garry
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The Pink Tea Cup

88 7th Ave. South, New York, NY

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