Sad news from Poncey-Highland: After twelve years, Pura Vida is closing at the end of the year. December 31 will be the restaurant's last day, though owners Leslie and Hector Santiago are looking for investors and partners for new concepts. Santiago also helms the kitchen, and Bradford Tolleson recently took over for Paul Calvert behind the bar. The announcement came almost exactly seven months after the restaurant's sister lunch spot, Super Pan, closed in May; read on for the full message.
We want to thank all of our fans for 12 years of living the Pura Vida! We are sorry to tell you that we will be closing Pura Vida at the end of this year, with December 31st being our last day of service. The continued support throughout the years from our loyal fans and our staff has meant the world to us.
We are looking for partners and/or investors for new concepts. We are actively exploring our options, and we promise to stay in touch and keep you apprised as our future plans unfold.
Thank you for all of your support over the years. We hope we have a chance to see you at Pura Vida between now and the end of the year.
Chef Hector & Leslie Santiago
Update: A Pura Vida insider says that the restaurant saw a dramatic decrease in business this year and that the landlord chose not to renew the lease. The employee adds that the whole staff is "pretty devastated" by the news.