43-Year-Old ‘Spring Street Natural’ Closes Ahead of Move to Kenmare

Posted on: January 4th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
Packing up Spring Street Natural

Packing up Spring Street Natural

For the first time in decades, Spring Street Natural is out of commission, albeit temporarily. The health-conscious restaurant closed its longtime location at the corner of Lafayette Street this past Saturday. All is well, though, as ownership is poised to move operations just around the corner in mid-January.

Now those five months of build-out are finally paying off for Spring Street Natural. The eatery is mere weeks from a relocation to 98 Kenmare Street, its first move in thirty years. Reason for the three-block shuffle is all too familiar – rent gouging. Indeed, with an expiring lease on hand, the landlord reportedly more than quintupled the monthly rent.

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The following letter is taped to the front door, with furnishings packed up in the background:

Dear Loyal Customers, Friends, Guests and Neighbors,

After 30 years on this corner of Spring and Lafayette Streets it is with a heavy heart that we announce our closing on January 2, 2016. We are the latest victims of a now-familiar story of unsustainable rent increases.

When we opened in 1973, we had one simple mission, to bring delicious, healthful, organic and carefully sourced food to the neighborhood. We are lucky to have been so warmly welcomed in the community.

We would like to sincerely thank all the tremendous people we have met, served and worked with over the years. It is you that make this city a special place!

Lastly we are thrilled to announce our re-opening at a new location in the neighborhood – 98 Kenmare Street (between Cleveland Place and Mulberry Street)!

It has truly been a pleasure serving you over the years and we look forward to continuing to do so. Please come visit us at our new location in mid-January.

Construction is nearing completion at the new space, formerly MaisonO. And with the relocation also comes an abbreviated name, too. Henceforth, the eatery will drop the street and be known simply as Spring Natural.

Photo: Spring Street Natural

Photo: Spring Street Natural

No images of the interior just yet, but there are some renderings that Spring Natural shared on its Facebook page back in September.

By the way, rent for the new space is reportedly $32,000 per month over the course of a twelve-year lease (totaling $384K per annum).

Meanwhile, his move could be conceived as a win for neighbors who have put up with a gauntlet of terrible establishments over the last decade. From Civetta to Kenmare and MaisonO. Not to mention the ordeal with Toby’s Public House. Spring Street Natural was founded in 1973 by Rustam Schoenholt, and who has a proven track record of success over forty years.

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