High-end vegan restaurant Greenspace Cafe will shut its doors in Ferndale on Saturday, February 1 after four years of business. The restaurant operated by the family of Doctor Joel Kahn, a cardiologist and clean eating guru, announced the decision on Sunday, January 19 in a post to Facebook.
“Issues with our landlord, leases, and finances have left no options,” the restaurant management writes in the statement. “We are deeply grateful to our amazing staff over these years, current and past, and our amazing customers. Alas, the healthy plant food market is still tiny even if vibrant and growing.”
The ambitious vegan restaurant debuted in fall 2015, with a juice bar, cocktails, and items like nut cheese boards and farro-lentil burgers. It’s buzzy opening proved tough competition for other longtime neighborhood vegetarian destinations like Om Cafe, which closed in 2018. The business went through numerous changes during its residency on Nine Mile, including the brief appointment of Cacao Tree’s Amber Poupore as executive chef in 2018. The menu underwent another change last fall, that was criticized by some longtime customers.
In 2018, the vegan eatery expanded to a fast-casual outpost along Woodward Avenue called Greenspace & Go. That outpost will continue to operate following the Ferndale closure, according to the restaurant’s statement.
Since opening, vegan cuisine began receiving perhaps more local attention than ever before. Vegan pop-ups such as Street Beet, flourished and restaurants rapidly adopted vegan items as a more Americans adopted a so-called “plant-based” lifestyle.
Eater has reached out to the restaurant for more details on the closure.