R.I.P. Pennyroyal, our dear friend.
Today is a sad day for all that enjoy great food and a good place to hang out in Provo. The fledgling Pennyroyal Cafe, located on University Ave. in the heart of downtown, will be closing its doors after just a few short months of awesomeness. Tonight, June 24th, will be the bistro’s last night in business.
While many restaurants are currently suffering through the economic recession, many were hopeful that Pennyroyal would somehow pull through. Indeed, college students are some of the least afflicted by economic troubles and, as they represent the bulk of the Pennyroyal’s customers, should have been able to divert some of their food budget to this great cultural center. Alas, it was not to be.
Whether it be due to the stormy winds of a bad economy or the neglect of a culture-deprived Provo populace, the closure of the Pennyroyal Cafe will leave many with fond memories of its short life: the wonderful sandwiches, soups and salads, the revolutionary all-you-can-eat cereal bar, the many great musical performances and numerous charity events. The folks at Pennyroyal were always willing to open their doors to anyone and everyone and completely exemplified the true spirit of community. It’s a shame the same feeling wasn’t returned in full.
For those of you who feel like you’re losing a friend in Pennyroyal — or even if you’ve never heard of the place before — come down to to University Ave. tonight and pay your respects to great food and even better people.
Rhombus will be there. We hope to see you too.