Lentil as Anything’s Footscray outpost has been forced to close.

Despite a Go Fund Me campaign that raised $5000, the restaurant was forced to close on May 19.

Like Lentil’s other locations in Melbourne and Sydney, the restaurant used a pay-what-you-feel system that, while providing a lifeline to those struggling economically, also left the business open to exploitation.

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Speaking to Broadsheet in March, the venue’s Footscray manager Renae Greer Burt said despite the good will promoted by the restaurant, “The food isn’t free, we’re exchanging it for a contribution of some sort.”

It’s unknown at this stage if Lentil’s other venues are also affected.