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Vegan Village Internet Cafe: Down Home Good Cookin'

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Soul Vegetarian opened up last summer in the nightclub space, but quickly closed a couple months ago. Not to fear, however, Jewel, who owns the building, continued the short lived soul food vegan restaurant near the corner of Pico and Crenshaw. "I've been a vegan for twenty-some years," she said, "and it was a dream of mine to open up a vegan restaurant." Soul Vegetarian (not to be confused with Vegisoul on Jefferson) finally filled that void last July, but when it closed down, she didn't want to let it go, so she hired Soul's chef and opened up Vegan Village Internet Cafe.

When you think Internet Cafe, you don't think what you get at Vegan Village. The 1923 two-story building that is known as Jewel's Catch One has history. Their claim to fame is as the nation's first black gay and lesbian dance club. It opened in 1972 and these days, is open too all races and sexual preferences and acts more than just a club, offering a community center (acupuncture, AA meetings), non-profit medical clinic and the vegan food internet cafe.