Dr Smood Shutters LES Outpost After 3 Years
Three years later, the Dr Smood organic cafe on the Lower East Side is flatlined.
Readers relayed that the neon signs hanging inside 181 East Houston Street were deposed yesterday, along with the writing on the windows. The light housings now sit discarded.
When reached for comment, a spokesperson stated only that, “sadly [the cafe] is closed permanently.” Likely another victim of the coronavirus fallout.
This outpost debuted at the corner of Orchard and East Houston in September 2013, in half of the former American Apparel. Its presence here seemed to complement the one-percenter luster of the Ben Shaoul condoplex across the way.
Dr Smood is the brainchild of Danish entrepreneur René Sindlev, a co-founder of jewelry company Pandora, and his wife, Patrizia Manici Sindlev, an Italian architect, model, and actress. At the time of its opening in 2017, the Denmark-based healthy eatery had been on a big New York City push, with five additional leases in Manhattan.