Eric Greenspan is set to say a tough goodbye tonight, with Eater confirming that the popular chef will tackle one last night of service at Maré in Silver Lake before shutting the door for good.
Silver Lake’s own Maré was set to be the last great stand for the once-blooming restaurant mini-chain, but alas there will be none left standing come tomorrow. What started as a charmingly hidden back patio restaurant along Melrose Avenue quickly become a trio of addresses, with Greenspan and partners Jim Hustead and James Moon adding outfits in Santa Monica and Silver Lake. Unfortunately the first two were not to last, as Melrose proved too small to be financially viable night after night, and Santa Monica’s high rent and middling foot traffic couldn’t be overcome.
That left Silver Lake as the standalone, tucked into an ivy-laced building along Hyperion and next door to The Friend. The restaurant opened for business in early February working the same menu as the others, but found itself unable to sustain business after just six months. Reached for comment, Greenspan tells Eater that the model simply proved unsustainable at Silver Lake and elsewhere, but for slightly different reasons. So, when an opportunity came up to sell the fully-built space, the team took it.
The jump leaves Greenspan with Fleishik's Sandwiches, Nosh & Whiskey, a casual Kosher shop along Beverly Boulevard, as well as the still-busy Roof on Wilshire. Greenspan’s Midcourse Hospitality Group is also a managing partner in Nick Erven’s eponymous Santa Monica restaurant Erven, which itself recently underwent some changes by dropping the all-vegan moniker and introducing some meat to its menu. The final night of service at Maré Silver Lake is tonight.