Spring Street Natural Begins Work at New Kenmare Street Location

Posted on: July 23rd, 2015 at 5:00 am by

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The new home of Spring Street Natural

It’s official…

Spring Street Natural will decamp from its namesake location by the end of the year. The popular health-conscious eatery has been going strong since 1973, but spent three decades serving at the corner of Lafayette. Reason for the three-block shuffle is all too familiar – another rent refugee. Indeed, with an expiring lease on hand, the landlord more than quintupled the monthly rent (no restaurant replacements sought).

As first reported back in February, founding owner Rustam Schoenholt is relocating the business right around the corner to 98 Kenmare. This particular space has been vacant since last summer, when MaisonO (and its basement operation) sputtered into oblivion.

Construction just commenced, evidenced by the enormous plywood shed erected outside 98 Kenmare. Build-out should last a few months before a proper debut is solidified. Schoenholt tells us that you can probably expect to eat here by late December.

Community Board 2 previously approved the “removal application” to transfer the license to 98 Kenmare Street. The new location will hold 134 seats across two floors (2,600 square-foot main floor and 2,400 square-foot basement). It’ll operate business hours from 10am to midnight, seven days a week.

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

This 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 has a proven track record of success over forty years.

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