די ראָזעווע פּאַווע (pink peacock) is a queer, yiddish, anarchist vegan community café opening in the southside of glasgow.
we will use a pay-what-you-can price structure down to £0.00 and will have a fridge full of free food.
the café will be a community space, a social and arts space, and somewhere to get delicious vegan jewish food. our hours will be lunchtime and late-nite, and it will be a dry all-ages space which doesn’t serve alcohol.
די ראָזעווע פאַווע (“di rozeve pave”) means “pink peacock” in yiddish. די גאָלדענע פּאַווע (“di goldene pave” or the golden peacock) is a symbol of yiddish literature; we’re invoking the richness of yiddish culture and making an explicitly queer space. the café is bilingual with everything in yiddish and english, prioritizing yiddish. it’s pronounced like “de ROSE-ev-uh PA-vuh”.
politically uncompromising anarchism:
do no harm, take no bullshit
the politics we advocate include: antifascism; anticapitalism; transfeminism and full bodily autonomy; queer liberation; deassimilation, decolonialism, and anti-racism; the social model of disability; no borders, no nations, yes migrants’ rights; sex workers’ rights and full decrim [youtube link]; the abolition of prison, police, detention, and mass surveillance; no rent, no landlords, no bailiffs; pro-BDS [text information on BDS]; full decriminalization of drugs; systemically addressing the climate crisis now; and no monarchy!
we are not interested in purity or disposability politics; our approach is one of solidarity and harm reduction. we’re happy to engage in good-faith political discussions.
our jewishness is founded on values of justice. we are proudly anti-zionist and stand with palestinians in the fight for self-determination against occupation. we are following a long, jewish anarchist tradition of opposing zionist ideology. we’re glad to have a jewish identity which is not about israel.
late-nite dry queer café
we are creating a space that is centered around queer people: all lesbian, gay, bisexual+, trans and non-binary, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and aromantic people, and anyone who’s not cisgender-and-heterosexual. this is a space for queers, by queers.
everyone is welcome (including cishet and goyishe allies) and we are family friendly.
the café will be dry, ideal for anyone who’s looking for a cosy late-nite space which isn’t centered around alcohol. glasgow especially needs dry queer social spaces.
we will be open for lunch, and late through the evening into the night, with dim lighting, café curtains, calm music, and bottomless filter coffee.
bilingual: yiddish & english
we are a space for yiddish learning, production, and preservation as much as a queer space.
all the menu items, signage, and communications will be written in yiddish and english. we’re going to host yiddish speakers, yiddish reading groups, and events in yiddish. yiddish is a living language!
the yiddish we use is a combination of khasidic yiddish and YIVO yiddish: we’re not native speakers and still have a lot to learn about the different dialects. talk to us about it!
vegan jewish bakery
we will serve handmade baygls with a variety of shmirs: tofu cream cheese, hummus, mustard, peanut butter, vegan butter, and jam. toppings will include avocados, vegan cheeses, capers, onions, tomatoes, and vegan “lox”.
we’ll also make potato knishes, soups, khale (challah), and other delicious jewish vegan food. we’ll have some staples, and the menu will change to serve what’s in season.
we want to disrupt the assumption that jewish = white and ashkenazi. part of this includes serving sephardi, mizrahi, and palestinian food, and promoting and hosting culturally varied jewish events. we also want to disentangle jewishness from zionism and the state of israel: we are proudly anti-zionist jews.
the food will be entirely vegan so it is parve, and will be made by jews in a kashered space. we plan on getting kosher and halal certifications before opening.
accessibility, community support, & ethics
this will be a space for the community rather than for profit. we want to be transparent with everything we do. our budget and accounting spreadsheets are public and viewable here. the café doesn’t exist as a physical space yet, but we’re actively planning how to make it as accessible as possible. see our accessibility page for more details.
we are committed to using as few disposable materials as possible, without compromising on accessibility.
we will be extremely diligent with our procurement. we will ask all potential suppliers to evidence that they have robust equalities policies, especially around queer/LGBT+ issues, race/ethnicity, and faith/faith backgrounds. we will also ask for evidence that they are employing good labor practices throughout all stages of their supply chain. we will be especially diligent about ensuring we are BDS-compliant [information on BDS].
where possible, we will procure from queer and/or jewish suppliers. the art in the space will be commissioned from queer and jewish artists, and we will play music exclusively by queer and jewish musicians.
before we open…
we are working all the time to make the café a beautiful, accessible reality (see our accessibility page for what we have planned).
we have a storefront but it needs a lot of work: if you’re a builder or decorator and want to donate some time and expertise, please get in touch via our contact page!
some immediate ways you can help are to:
- follow us on twitter and instagram
- tell your friends! signal boost the café on social media
- tell us about any scottish grants relating to jewishness, queerness, food banks, and minority languages — get in touch via our contact page
- support us on patreon or send us some cash via paypal!
to keep up to date with our progress, sign up for our newsletter (we’ll send you an email about once a month) or follow us on social media.
thank you to everyone who has supported us and helped get us closer to opening: every single £1 donated is being put directly into starting up the café. special thanks to:
- category is books for being a pillar of the glasgow queer community, giving us much-needed advice on starting a queer business, and for hosting our first fundraiser
- IRN-JU and jewdas for emotionally and financially supporting us
- ezra rose for designing our gorgeous logo
- keltik film and katie kaestner for the photography
- al and freygl gertsovski for IT support
- annie and ethel for translation support
and cosmic appreciation for our wonderful queer, jewish, and yiddish communities in glasgow and across the world: we couldn’t do this, or anything, without yous.
about the directors
morgan and joe are queer jewish anarchists. we are both bisexual and autistic, one of us is non-binary and trans, and one of us is an ex- sex worker. morgan is a chicago boy and author (here’s his book) with a background in queer healthcare advocacy. joe is a yorkshire boy and folk musician (here’s his bandcamp). we’ve been living in govanhill for around 2 years, sharing our flat with our beautiful dog mordecai and 100,000 plants. we both use he/him/ער/אים pronouns.
about the website
photos are taken by us unless noted otherwise.
all translation errors are our own.