For those newer to Bushwick, the existence of Life Cafe means nothing. But for those who were here prior to 2012, Life was a staple of post-hangover breakfasts and midday to late night drinking. Originally opened in 2001, at the beginning of hipster time in Bushwick, the place was somewhere above Tina’s and below Roberta’s.
When 983 Bushwick’s Living Room (perhaps the most uncomfortable name of all-time apart from Happy Fun Hideaway) reopened in its place circa 2013, the banana walnut pancakes were gone, and in their place came more vegan and vegetarian options, fare that is, in essence, an insult to the former greatness of the establishment.
In spite of Life Cafe’s dual fall in the East Village and Bushwick, residents have yet to forget about the experiences and tastes they had there. One such denizen, Anthony Nostaljar, a 38-year-old who has been living on Cook Street since 2001, has decided to take action by petitioning for a return to the original Life Cafe. Although he is close to getting 10,000 signatures, the original owners of the restaurant have already retired to Miami, making the petition unlikely to serve any use.
Written by Genna Rivieccio