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Gracias Madre in Newport Beach closes after 8 years – Orange County Register

Gracias Madre in 2020. (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Gracias Madre, the plant-based restaurant on the corner of Dover and Westcliff Drives in Newport Beach, closed its doors for good on Saturday, May 4. According to the restaurant’s communications team, the expiration of the lease for the vegan pit stop prompted him to say adios to his restaurant. only location in Orange County.

“We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Newport Beach community for their support over the past eight years and to our team members who have been the heart and soul of Gracias Madre,” said Lisa Bonbright, partner and co-owner of LSR ( Love Serve Remember, the parent company of both Gracias Madre and Cafe Gratitude), in a released statement. “It was a good run.”

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The eight-year-old organic food post (founded by Matthew and Terces Engelhart, who started a small chain serving plant-based and organic food in the Bay Area in 2009) opened in 2016 and was originally known as Gratitude Kitchen and Bar. before the owners renamed the eatery Gracias Madre in 2019. The restaurant focused on vegan, plant-based dishes with a Mexican-American slant, such as potato and zucchini enchiladas and jackfruit tacos.

With approximately 4,000 square feet of space, an enclosed patio with landscaping to shield guests’ eyes from a nearby parking lot, a private dining room and valet service, the 215-seat luxury restaurant arrived shortly before the plant-based movement. food took root. Orange Country.