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.

We're Saving Our Soul, Are You???

Photographs by Rachel Barrett


The Pink Teacup Is Calling On All New Yorkers This Holiday Season
To Save The Legendary Soul Food Restaurant!


Raise $100,000 by 3 January 2010
“It's been apart of my life since I can remember. To see it have to leave due to financial constraints is heartbreaking. We are asking our community to crusade together this holiday season and save this favorite soul food restaurant” says Ebonie Johnson Cooper, “

New York City—Save your soul this holiday season! The Pink Tea Cup is 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 hopes for a Christmas miracle to save its collard greens this year by asking patrons and fans alike to put their money where their mouths are and donate to a great local cause this year.

Known for serving mammoth portions and a heaping dose of down-home flavor, the historic Pink Tea Cup has long been a spot for the locals, tourists, and celebs like Liz Smith, Star Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, and the occasional CEO. The 55–year-old West Village establishment located at 42 Grove Street in New York City is attempting to prevent the cornbread from crumbling this year by teaming up with three adoring patrons who call themselves Team Teacup in hopes of raising $100,000 to keep this New York staple alive from now until 3 January 2010.

For more information on making a donation please email Interested media in covering this effort please contact Workhouse Publicity, CEO, Adam Nelson via email or directly by telephone 212. 645. 8006.

The Team is also planning on hosting a Save the Pink Teacup Fundraiser Celebration event at The Pink Tea Cup on 3 January 2010 which will be free and open to the public in hopes of finding investors and donors, as well as encouraging celebrity leverage and high profile individuals to lend their support. The Pink Teacup has set itself a target goal of earning $100,000 by 3 January 2010 to keep the New York City landmark alive.

To make a donation, visit the Save The Pink Teacup Paypal page:

Please show your support of this historical place by becoming a fan on Facebook: Save The Pink Tea Cup:

A team of New Yorkers have come together to help collect donations and raise public support for The Pink Tea Cup. Consisting of Ebonie Johnson Cooper, Ezinne Kwubiri and Robert Harmon, Jr. these avid patrons are encouraging the local community to support this small family business by making donations at any and all levels. For more information please email

Loyal customers are showing their support and love to the “Save The Pink Teacup” Facebook Fan page, consisting of 300 fans thus far, some of whom have also been blogging on . Patrons have also been buzzing on,, BrooklynBlog and Chowhound, just to name a few, about their extreme disappointment of the potential closure. Pink Tea Cup fans are hoping their grassroots and viral support will help spread the word about the effort to save this beloved the eatery.

Tucked into a cozy West Village storefront, the Pink Tea Cup is every bit as inviting as its name suggests, with crowded rows of petite wooden tables, faux-Tiffany hanging fixtures, and, soft rose-colored walls. Founded by Floridian Mary Raye in 1954, the restaurant’s tradition of home-style southern cooking is carried on today by Raye’s niece and grand-niece, and the convivial ambience and menu reflect the restaurant’s devotion to homespun family fare. Like any good mom, the Pink Tea Cup offers an overwhelming spread: "Dinner" means soup, salad, entrĂ©e, bread, two vegetables, and dessert, served fast, hot, and in heaping portions. Pork chops and the barely breaded fried chicken are local favorites; sweet and spicy barbecued ribs and a side of salty collard greens are standouts.



Sunday, December 13, 2009

3 Weeks and Counting!

Today starts Week 2 of 4 in the plan to keep PTC open.

Team Teacup got started just last Tuesday(12/8) and has not stopped since.In just one week we have a Facebook fan page with almost 300 fans. We love the enthusiasm of our fans and can't wait for more people to join! Feel free to join! In fact, we'd like it if you do. :-)

This past weekend, Vincent Pinkney, manager and potential buyer of PTC, spent every minute of the restaurant's hours of operation, getting over 500 petition signatures from loyal Pink Teacuppers. This petition will be imperative as talks continue with the landlord. (FAQs coming soon with details)

Workhouse Publicity has also come on board to donate their boutique PR services. Adam Nelson, CEO, and his wife Allison of Chocolate Bar, reached out and told us The Pink Teacup was a cornerstone in their courting days. News of the restaurant's closing sent the Nelson's into 'what can I do?' mode. Not much else needed to be said. We look forward to working with them!

We're also excited to have Rachel Barrett of Rachel Barrett Photography on board to preserve the restaurant in still. NYC is full of so much talent!

This week Adam and his team will be sending out our first press release.(Thanks for the writing help Tricia!) Also, Rachel and her team will be taking some shots at PTC around noon on Monday. If you're in the area, stop by. You'll be frozen in time! :0) AND we'll be starting the official "Save The Pink Teacup" campaign this week! Look out for pink flyers everywhere!

We've got some other pretty neat supporters in the works! As soon as we work out the details we're gonna share them ALL!

We'll be updating this blog as news develops. Please stay tuned. Email us the way you'd like to help at:

Save The Date: Save The Pink Teacup Fundraiser Celebration~ January 3rd, 2010 @ The Pink Teacup

Saving One Pink Teacup at a time,
Team Teacup