This Latest Mars Bar Replacement is a Botanical Dispensary Called ‘Alchemist’s Kitchen’

Posted on: February 1st, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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Remember that newfangled Mars Bar replacement with the terrible name, NatureEs? Well, the juice bar/wellness center concept officially gave up the ghost back in mid-August and now carries a new identity.

Somewhat perplexing this establishment was. The space carries a full liquor license and was long considered to be the second coming of Mars Bar (with Alain Palinsky, Chris Reda, Robert Montwaid, and late owner Hank Penza). NatureEs was a failure from its inception last May, having only lasted three months. Then in October, the principals briefly considered pivoting to a Spanish bistro. That concept was withdrawn as quickly as it appeared.

Now comes the transition. The awning was swapped last week, revealing the newest occupant. Behold, the Alchemist’s Kitchen, an offshoot of socially-conscious website Evolver. Its CEO, Lou Sagar, tells us that the brand just “acquired” this storefront from NatureEs.

We are acquiring the space on 1st street to open a botanical dispensary and whole plant tonic bar dedicated to the power of plants. We will also host a programmatic events space dedicated to wellness and healing.

Later in March, we will begin serving via the tonic bar.

The acquisition apparently includes the intact OP liquor license for 21 East 1st Street. Sagar further confirms that all assets are being purchased. However, there hasn’t yet been an appearance before Community Board 3 regarding the changeover. We’ll keep you posted.

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Here’s more about the herbalist spinoff of Evolver:

The Alchemist’s Kitchen is dedicated to connecting you with the power of plants. We work with the finest herbalists who are producing high quality botanical medicines, herbal remedies, and whole plant beauty products. We celebrate artisanship, sustainability, and conscious living. We look to support the global need to increase plant diversity, and the sharing of ancient wisdom from indigenous cultures. 

So, in the last couple years, the MO of this storefront has gone from Mars Bar reboot to failed juice bar to potential Spanish bistro, and back to juice bar…

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