“Five years ago, Lentil As Anything in Abbotsford was under threat: its lease on the site was due to expire and the Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF) sought expressions of interest from other operators. The call drew an impassioned response from Lentil’s supporters, and substantial media attention. The cafe and the foundation, both community organisations, worked together to overcome concerns the ACF board had raised in 2011 (concerns that remain undisclosed), and Lentil continued to operate from the Abbotsford site on a month-to-month lease.
Fast forward to today, and the 11-year-old, “pay-as-you-feel” vegetarian restaurant is once again facing the same dilemma. On October 13, the Convent Foundation announced in The Age that it is seeking expressions of interest from other operators. Lentil As Anything received advance notice from the ACF, but feels it was not specifically invited to submit a proposal. It is not known whether the cafe will make the shortlist for the next lease, but again, the process has been…”