Pura Vida to close after 12 years

By on December 18, 2012
Photo courtesy of Pura Vida

Poncey-Highland restaurant announces on Facebook it will close its doors Dec. 31, 2012.

Pura Vida is closing its Poncey-Highland location after 12 years in business.

Owners Leslie and chef Hector Santiago announced Tuesday in a Facebook post, Pura Vida will close its doors December 31.

“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 31 being our last day of service,” according to the post.

Super Pan, the cuban sandwich shop also owned by the Santiagos (located on the lower-level of the Pura Vida space), shuttered in May.

Even after two restaurant closures this year, the Santiagos aren’t calling it quits.

“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.”


About Caleb J. Spivak

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  1. Darin

    December 19, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Though I know they’ll come up with something just as high quality, I’m sorry to see this place go. It really impressed me when it opened and it was my favorite restaurant in the city for a couple of years, blazing a trail for creative-yet-affordable dining intown.

    Also: I was sad to find out tonight while dining at Sheik Burritos that they’ll be closing this month as well. Great place. Likewise, the owner said he is committed to finding a new spot.

  2. HistoryJoe

    December 19, 2012 at 1:53 am


  3. Dude

    December 26, 2012 at 7:43 am

    That place was there for 12 years??????????
    I ate there once and was totally unimpressed with the fru fru food.

    (I am not a foodie – bring me a beer and some chicken fingers)

    After eating at this place I stopped at Cheker’s on 10th street for a large fry and a coke…

  4. Jaggoff

    December 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    @Dude You are a turd.

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