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Pura Vida to close and more news

Chef Hector Santiago and wife Leslie to close Pura Vida.

Chef Hector Santiago and wife Leslie to close Pura Vida.

After 12 years in business, Pura Vida will be closing its doors permanently at the end of the month. Owners Hector and Leslie Santiago recently posted the announcement on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

They wrote, “We want to thank all of our fans for 12 years of living the Pura Vida! The continued support throughout the years from our loyal fans and our staff has meant the world to us.”

The announcement also indicated that the couple is working on new concepts and is looking for partners and investors.

The Facebook post received a number of comments from customers lamenting the news, questioning why and calling the Poncey-Highland restaurant an Atlanta landmark. Several well-known Atlanta chefs also joined the conversation, calling Pura Vida “One of the best restaurants in Atlanta, by far.”

New Year’s Eve will be the last chance to grab some Latin tapas at Pura Vida.

656 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta.

In other news:

La Tagliatella now open in Midtown

  • La Tagliatella, which first opened in 1991 and has over 130 locations throughout Spain and France, recently opened its first U.S. eatery in the Shops at Metropolis in Midtown. La Tagliatella serves lunch and dinner daily, boasting a selection of over 400 pasta and sauce combinations. The menu also offers over 20 Napoletano-style pizza options, made in an open pizza kitchen. La Tagliatella serves Italian-inspired cocktails with its rustic Italian fare. A second location of the restaurant chain is expected to open soon at Emory Point in Decatur. 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. 919 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta. 678-608-4210.

A few spots serving New Year’s Eve dinners

Restaurant Eugene

This New Year’s Eve event starts with a glass of Regent’s Punch and passed hors d’oeuvres at Holeman & Finch. Guests may choose to attend the first seating from 5-8 p.m. or the second from 7:30-10 p.m. The first includes a seven course meal and the second, an eleven-course meal with a champagne toast at midnight. $150 first seating (add $60 for wine pairings), $225 (add $75 for wine pairing). Dec. 31. 404-355-0321

Watershed on Peachtree

Chef Joe Truex has a four-course menu with champagne toast planned for New Year’s Eve. Each course contains three options from which to choose. $75, Dec. 31. 404-809-3561.

No. 246

No. 246 will offer a four-course menu this New Year’s Eve. The meal will include items like butter-poached Maine lobster with young fennel and cauliflower panna cotta. $55, Dec. 31. 678-399-8246.

2 comments Add your comment


December 21st, 2012
1:25 pm

well…it was tooooo $ anyway


December 21st, 2012
10:34 pm

I heard the issue was the landlord at Pura Vida. What is it with douche-y landlords in this town? You have successful restaurants/shops and you drive them away with outrageous rent increases? Pura Vida and Chef Santiago will be missed greatly. I hope he finds a new venue soon. I’m interested in trying La Tagliatella, but that menu sounds a bit daunting. Let’s hope it isn’t a European Cheesecake Factory. ;-)