Friday, January 28, 2011

Sprouts Green Cafe 86'd in Emory Village

Sprouts Green Cafe in Emory Village has closed. Strangely, when I visited the restaurant yesterday, furniture belonging to the restaurant had been left unsecured outside the building and the floor inside seemed littered with trash. A sign posted on the restaurant's door (shown at right) had said they would reopen after the new year, but that never happened. Instead, the restaurant was sold and will reopen in the coming days as a "cool and hip taqueria and bar." Entrepreneur Keith Gross opened Sprouts Green Cafe May of 2009 in a space that had most recently housed "One Hot Cookie."

Having become friends with Keith on my multiple visits to his restaurant, it was clear he was one of those hands-on operators who took his business and his environmental impact very seriously. He grew a number of items like sprouts in-house and made a concerted effort to purchase most, if not all, produce locally. The best part about the space in my eyes though was the bar counter crafted from a salvaged giant tree trunk. This being one of the more unique features, I hope the taqueria will retain it. The restaurant had been for sale for months.

Keith had made two hard fought but unsuccessful bids for State House District 80 over the past two years, but I'm told it is actually Keith's need to attend to an out-of-state matter that led to his desire to sell the restaurant.

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