Raw food lovers, yoga aficionados, and anyone else seeking a sublimely healthy meal in the Arts District will have to look beyond The Springs today. The restaurant/workspace/studio facility closed quietly over the weekend, leaving nothing behind but a note to former customers.
The Springs — not to be confused with Yasmin Sarmadi and Tony Esnault’s upscale restaurant Spring in Downtown proper — opened in the fall of 2014 as an oasis of sunlight and good vibes on Mateo Street. Sporting a very Instagrammable look and menu of freshly-pressed juices and smoothies, the place seemed prime for long-term success in the suddenly rejuvenating Arts District. Ultimately the large footprint of the space and the relative lack of daytime walking density may have done the place in, as it’s now closed permanently.
A contact for The Springs sent along a closing letter to customers late Sunday night, and it reads in part:
It is with an incredibly heavy heart that we announce the closing of The Springs. Sunday, September 17th was our final day of service.
We moved to LA from New York almost 5 years ago for the precise purpose of building this unique concept in the Arts District. We set out to create a one-of-a-kind space that would provide wellness while building community. We are proud to say that we accomplished that.
Thank you to each and every person who stepped foot in our doors. We hope our service brought you joy, healing, happiness and a sense of community. We are honored to have served you for the time we did. Thank you to the Arts District, where we have been proud to call our home for the past 3 years. Please continue to support the other small and local businesses that make this neighborhood so special and unique.
No word on what’s to come of the Springs space, but it does remain some pretty prime real estate for the right tenant. After all, the boom of the Arts District — for better or worse — isn’t going anywhere.