Plant-Based Eatery Beloved Cafe Heading to Manhattan’s Lower East Side

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A plant-based eatery and juice bar plans to open its first location outside of the San Francisco Bay Area on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Commercial Observer has learned.

Beloved Cafe signed a 10-year lease for 1,000 square feet on the ground floor and 700 square feet in the basement of 196 Allen Street between Stanton and East Houston streets, according to landlord broker Gavios Realty Group. Asking rent was $168 per square foot.

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Kambiz Fahim Gilani opened the original location in San Francisco’s Mission District in 2017, specializing in organic juices and plant-based bowls. Its New York beachhead will replace a former pop-up store at 196 Allen, and plans to open in four to five months.

Aaron Gavios of Gavios Realty represented the landlord, Allen Orchard, in the deal, while Sinvin Real Estate’s Steve Rappaport handled it for Beloved Cafe. Rappaport did not respond to a request for comment.

“People come to Beloved not just to nourish their bodies but to nourish their hearts,” Gavios said in a statement. “Beloved Café has a history of donating to organizations that aim to create economic justice, access to life-changing medical procedures, and life-saving devices, as well as protection of sea life and to organizations that promote free facilities and instruction for meditation.”