Wednesday, June 2, 2010

URGENT: Save The Pink Teacup Campaign Donations

Hello Save The Pink Teacup Supporters,

You may have read the Pink Teacup is scheduled to re-open soon. However, we regret to inform you along with many other changes that have come to our attention, the generous financial gifts to keep the doors open have not been accepted by new owner, Lawrence Page. We are deeply saddened by his refusal and the message it sends to the restaurant's supporters.

We have documented the donations made throughout the campaign and on January 3rd, 2010 at the Save The Pink Teacup fundraiser. Those funds paid by check and via Paypal will be returned within the next 4-6weeks. If you do not receive the refund within that time, please contact us at

Those donors who rendered donations by cash on January 3rd, please contact us at by July 1st, 2010 to verify your name and preferred address to receive your refund. After July 15th, 2010, all unclaimed funds will be donated to the Bowery Mission, the non-profit soup kitchen that received leftover food during The Pink Teacup's earlier years.

Thank you again for your support to Save The Pink Teacup. If you have any questions regarding your donation/refund please feel free to send an email to the Save The Pink Teacup email address.

Ebonie Johnson Cooper, Team Teacup

*Refunds are not applicable to raffle winners*

*Please note the refunding of the donations is mutually exclusive of the restaurant's opening. It was the decision of the owner not to accept the donations. The plans to open the establishment are under the terms of ownership. Nevertheless, we always wish The Pink Teacup the best!*

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Pink Teacup WILL LIVE ON!!!

(L-R: Vincent Pinkney, Robert Harmon, Jr., Lawrence Page, Lisa Ford, Ebonie Johnson Cooper, Ezinne Kwubiri)
Photo by Rachel Barrett

Welllll WE DID IT!!!!! Team Teacup helped to SAVE THE PINK TEACUP!!!

We had a wonderful event last night with turnout from loyal patrons that put tears in everyone’s eyes. Former owner Lisa Ford graciously introduced new owners Lawrence Page and Vincent Pinkney to everyone. The moment was a tear jerker. Then when Vincent invited all of the Pink Teacup staff to come on stage, we all had to pass a box of Kleenex. We even had faithful Teacupper Alyson Williams stop by to give her warm blessings and sing us a tune.

Between, the passed hors d'oeuvres of collard greens, mac & cheese and fried wings and the grooves spun by DJ Tara, we could not contain ourselves. It was such an old school, SOULFUL good time!

Just last night we raised over $2,000!!! We anticipate a few thousands more once we close donations via Paypal next week. We are so very grateful to Lawrence Page for stepping up to the plate to answer the call to action we placed almost a month ago. Our efforts and your support are proof that small businesses have a solid place in this economy and help to make NYC what it really is!

Thank you to all of our donors, supporters, family and friends for supporting us in our efforts. Please check out Rachel Barrett Photography from the Fundraiser Celebration! Click: The Pink Teacup.

Stay tuned for The New Pink Teacup website! You can still reach us at:

Thank you again!

~ Team Teacup~

***Look in our Press section for GREAT articles!-------->

The press release announcing the success:





Indie Film Maker and Restaurateur Lawrence Page, Saves a West Village Institution Again!


The Actor's Playhouse Theater
3 January 2010

“When I heard about the impending closing of The Pink Teacup, I knew it was my destiny to step up and save it” says Lawrence Page.

New York City—The Pink Teacup will live on! For the past few weeks Team Teacup has been aggressively calling on loyal customers and New Yorkers alike to petition against threats of closure due to financial constraints and to save this legendary soul food haven. The cherished eatery's hope for a Christmas miracle to save its collard greens was answered by Actor's Playhouse theater proprietor, Lawrence Page.

Page will partner with current Pink Teacup manager, Vincent Pinkney to own and operate the restaurant. They have plans to keep the staff of 15 who were in jeopardy of losing their jobs if the restaurant closed. Page is best known for his purchase and restoration efforts of The Actors' Theater Playhouse earlier this year. Page's partnership with Vincent to save the The Pink Teacup is consistent with his pledge to revitalize the West Village through salvaging it's staple institutions. At this time it is being determined if the 55–year-old West Village establishment located at 42 Grove Street in New York City will be relocated or remain in its current location.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

You're Invited!

Photo by Rachel Barrett
Save The Pink Teacup Fundraiser Celebration

This Sunday's the NIGHT!

Join us for a splendid evening of fundraising & celebrating as we dig deep to keep the doors of the legendary Pink Teacup open!

We'll have hors d'oeuvres, drinks & desserts to keep you happy and your checkbooks busy!

Music by DJ Tara
Suggested Entry Donation: $20
*SOUL Saving starts at 8pm*
Attire: Festive

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

The Actors' Playhouse Theatre

100 7th Avenue South, New York, NY 10014 (map)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

There's Still Time to Help!

Photo by Rachel Barrett

This. Is. It.

We are uber excited about our last week of campaigning to Save The Pink Teacup!

Over the holidays Susan Sarandon sent her financial support! Then Questlove of the Legendary Roots Crew stopped by PTC and Tweeted about his Soul Saving:
RT @questlove although i cut my soul food intake as of late, i still wanna save my favorite soul food spot in NYC. SAVE THE TEA CUP! And then, just when we thought everyone was stuffed with Christmas turkey, Jermaine Dupri posted his Soul Saving message to his fans on Global14!

WOW! What. A. Holiday.

Santa even read our Wish List !!! So far we've gotten over a dozen volunteers, cases of wine and wonderful items for our silent auction. Community support has been overwhelming! Many thanks to Amber Saunders of A'Marie Weddings for coming on board to help us plan the final details for the January 3rd event! We are so excited to have her!

There's lots more we could use so PLEASE don't be shy. We would love to have you and/or your products on board! We can especially use the keepsakes(t-shirts & buttons), beverages, the decorations and in-kind donations. Email us at with your suggestions.

Please keep in mind, though we have gotten rave responses we still have a LONG way to go before Sunday! Please, please, please step up in any way you can. Saving PTC is within eye sight, let's not lose it!

Thank you in advance!

JANUARY 3rd DETAILS COMING VERY SOON! Keep your inbox open! :-D

~Team Teacup~

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Dear Santa,

Photo by Rachel Barrett

We've been nice. We promise!

Folks have been asking what we need. So we decided to put together a modest list. We know Santa can't bring it all but isn't Christmas all about miracles?

Please help us make our wishes come true.If you or your business are able to deliver any of these items for our January 3rd fundraiser, please email us at:
by December 29th, 2009.

  • 10- 12 cases of wine

  • 25-30 volunteers for Jan. 3rd

  • Silent Auction/ Raffle items. Ideas include but not limited to:

Product gift baskets, Gift certificates, Autographed items, Specialty items, classes, etc.

  • 600-800 'I (heart) The Pink Teacup' mini buttons

  • 500 'I (heart) The Pink Teacup' t-shirts
  • 50 pink and black balloons

  • 4-6 festive floral arrangements

  • Financial DONATIONS!!!!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Snowed. In.

Photo by Rachel Barrett

NYC is under inches of snow but Team Teacup is still going strong!!!

We came off of a really strong week with PR! <---Thanks Workhouse! Buzz hit The New York Times, New York Mag and NBC New York! We also received loads of emails in our inbox from supporters wanting to help! Included in those emails was Melissa O'Donnell, owner of SALT. Melissa told us she's been a fan of PTC for years. PTC even catered Salt's 4th Anniversary Party! As a fellow restaurant owner, she refuses to see PTC leave. Needless to say she wants to do all she can to Save The Pink Teacup and is even going to rally a few restaurant owner friends too! YEAHHHH! We're excited to have her on board to share her talents and resources towards the crusade!

We now have just about 550 Facebook fans AND we are making a big splash with our Facebook $5 Save Your SOUL mini-campaign!!! Thanks again to all our donors so far! Now thru next Wednesday, we're urging all Facebook fans to drop $5 in our Paypal account to break the ice in our $100K fundraising goal. Even if you're not a Facebooker, please feel free to join our campaign with your $5 (or more) donation. :-D

FYI.....Planning for the January 3rd Celebration Fundraiser is coming along VERY well. 42 Grove Street won't know what hit it! :-D Details coming soon!

If you'd like to donate your time, talents or resources like Adam Nelson, Rachel Barrett and Melissa O'Donnell, please email us at:

Stay tuned here and on our Facebook Fan Page for details! Thanks again to all of our supporters !

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

We Just Wanted You To Know...

The Save The Pink Teacup Petition~ Photographs by Rachel Barrett

1. Why is the Pink Teacup closing?
Answer: Simple. Finances. Small businesses are taking a beating from this rough economy and PTC is no different. With no other financial outlets, the owner thought the best option should be to close.

2. Why is Team Teacup trying to keep it open?
Answer: We’re trying to keep it open for the same reason you are- We LOVE it! We also believe in the longevity of the brand and its profound impact on the lives of everyone it’s fed over the years. There is another reason too! While meeting with Vincent Pinkney, veteran manager of PTC for nearly 25 years, he shared with us his desire to purchase the establishment and his need for support.

3. Why should I donate?
Answer: We have a shot at keeping its doors open past January 3rd!!! Without ample funds to sustain The Pink Teacup, the economy wins and we lose 55 years of great food, memorable fellowship, cozy meals, and the place we have all grown to love.

4. What would my financial contribution go towards?
Answer: Your financial contribution will go towards supporting efforts to purchase the restaurant, overall short-term investment, restaurant renovations and a long term investment to have The Pink Teacup around for 55 more years!

5. What can I do?
Answer: You can show your support to keep PTC open by making a financial contribution. We like the kind that jingles but rather have the kind that folds. :-) You can also contribute your professional resources to assist in our community outreach, celebrity leverage or search for an investor.