Is Spring Street Natural Moving Around the Corner to 98 Kenmare?

Posted on: February 2nd, 2015 at 5:12 am by

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It appears Spring Street Natural is moving from the downtown corner its anchored for thirty years. The local fixture – known for its health-conscious food at affordable pricing – has been in operation since 1973, but relocated east to Spring and Lafayette back in 1985. Looks like the restaurant might be packing up again…

The neighborhood favorite is reportedly angling to take over 98 Kenmare Street, just around the corner. This large space was last occupied by MaisonO, and has been on the market ever since the restaurant failed out of business last summer. According to public records, Spring Natural ownership is on the Community Board 2 docket this month as “laid over,” yet will seek approval to remove and transfer the full OP license to this new location.

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Founder Rustam Schoenholt disputes this claim, telling us in an email that “it’s not the case.” We sent a follow-up asking for clarification, and will update when we have a response.

On paper, MaisonO (and its basement cocktail den) had the pedigree to succeed at 98 Kenmare. The partnership was a high-profile triumverate that included Lou Ceruzzi, Matt Abramcyk, and Serge Becker, plus chef Tadashi Ono at the helm. A powerful collection of nightlife brass, yes. However, the Japanese Izakaya restaurant at 98 Kenmare followed its predecessor right into the ground.

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