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Nostalgic for Sublime vegan restaurant? Memorabilia being auctioned off

Ron Hurtibise
Contact ReporterSouth Florida Sun Sentinel

Fans of the defunct vegan restaurant Sublime who share its former owner’s passion for animal rights can no longer express that support by patronizing the restaurant, but they can do the next best thing.

Nanci Alexander is auctioning more than 150 decorations and furnishings from the restaurant she owned for 15 years before closing it in May. Proceeds will support the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, an activist organization that Alexander founded in 1989. She still serves as its president.

Up for bid is a wide range of goods from Sublime-branded jackets worn by the restaurant’s chefs to menus, wall decorations and furniture. There are dishes, glassware, silverware, baking pans, frying baskets and cooking utensils. Fans can even bid on the sign from the restroom telling employees to wash their hands before returning to work.

Sublime was founded out of Alexander’s desire to promote animal rights. The restaurant was completely vegan, she said, and even the furniture included nothing made of leather.

Alexander, 72, said she closed the restaurant not because it wasn’t popular but because she wanted to devote her energy full time to her animal rights passion.

Running the restaurant “was just draining me — all the aggravation,” she said.

The foundation currently has four staff members and several projects, such as campaigning for the ballot initiative to end professional dog racing and preventing a planned aquarium from opening at The Galleria mall in Fort Lauderdale.

Fans wanting to see a list of items available for auction can email the foundation at arff@arff.org or call 954-727-ARFF. The deadline for bids is noon on Thursday, Nov. 8.

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