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From the Manchester Evening News blog:-

Northern Quarter's Earth cafe to close

Tonight I reveal sad news indeed - that institution of the Northern Quarter, Earth is to serve its last veggie feast at the end of

After more than nine years pf providing good value food from the small, welcoming basement below Manchester's Buddhist Centre, the city's only vegetarian and vegan venue will be shutting up shop.

My reliable sources reveal that some staff will be losing their jobs and that the cafe can no longer pay its way.

Apart from the fact that the ethically run centre is a great venue
in its own right, I also feel a sense of sadness that such an
epitome of the area's unique vibe is going to fall foul to the
credit crunch.

When I lived nearby, Earth was my regular lazy-but-healthy Saturday
lunch option and more recently I've been a fan of the take-out
service for a cheatin' evening meal.

But its out of the way location also made it an ideal place for
those sort of meetings where you didn't want to bump into anyone -
hide out in one of the basic booths and catch up on the gossip with
an enormous slice of heavenly cake and their amazing own-blend Tiger

And, of course, don't forget free wi-fi and free filtered water in
jugs. Way ahead.

Yes, I'm completely biased in my view and no, I'm not a vegan or
even a veggie but this isn't the sort of place where those are pre-
requisites. Fresh ingredients properly seasoned and well-cooked does
it for me, I even got the man from Channel 4 to give it a visit last

Being an independent where you could get a nutritious meal, a
delicious cake, the best smoothies in the city by miles and cakes to
die for - this is a venue which deserves to see out the current
economic downturn - and if there's enough of you out there that feel
the same - the campaign starts here.

If however you're happy to see the city centre become one long
McBucksWay, then sit tight - the world is moving your way.

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    Posted by JohnnySensible at 02/15/09 02:12:01

    Earth WILL re-open!

    News just in that Manchester's veggie and vegan cafe Earth will live on. Although it is still to close at the end of February........................ will re-open at some date in the near future under new management.

    Story here -

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    Posted by sapini89 at 02/15/09 20:09:50

    good to hear 'Earth' will be re-open! hopefully i myself will visit 'Earth' someday in the future. Recently here in Korea(S.Korea^^) lots of vegetarian restaurants come out and go away! I just want to see more vegitarian restaurants coming in my neighbor so that i can reach them more easily and frequently...

    Good luck, EARTH!

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