Lyfe Kitchen on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood has shuttered, says a tipster. The large healthy-eating destination apparently wasn’t drawing the kind of crowds it needed to sustain the large dining area, unlike the always-bustling Mendocino Farms next door.
The loss of Lyfe further raises eyebrows for the intersection of Santa Monica and La Brea, which for a couple of years now has tried to position itself as a walkable destination for upscale apartment renters moving into the construction-heavy neighborhood. Those promises have largely failed to materialize (at least on the restaurant front), with plenty of empty storefront space still clogging the corners. Even Caffe Primo, which had plans two years ago to move into the ground floor of the Dylan apartments, seems a ways off (if it ever actually arrives).
Of course there are still plenty of other Lyfe locations to satisfy healthy diners in Los Angeles — and beyond, as the company hosts outlets in at least five other states. There’s the Culver City outlet as well as another in Playa Vista, plus drops in Irvine and Valencia. Unlike similar healthy-dining chain Native Foods Cafe, this shutter seems to be more of a one-off than a larger indicator of a company-wide problem.
No word yet on what will take over the Lyfe Kitchen location, as leasing signage is up now on the space.