Two local plant-based restaurants close

Saadia’s JuiceBox and Yoga Bar has permanently closed in Jackson Ward. (Jack Jacobs photos)

The cohort of local eateries that cater to people with plant-based diets has been thinned out.

Saadia’s JuiceBox and Yoga Bar in Jackson Ward and vegan restaurant Hang Space in Bon Air have both shuttered.

Saadia’s, opened by Saadia Yasmin and husband Morteza Farajian at 402 1/2 N. Second St. in 2017, appears to have closed in late July. It positioned itself as a health-conscious spot with a menu of vegan offerings and cold-pressed juices, smoothies, salads and acai bowls among other items.

Saadia’s didn’t respond to requests for comment.

It’s unclear exactly when the juice bar closed. There was a sign posted to Saadia’s front door stating the restaurant was “permanently closed” by last week. Its most recent Instagram post on July 23 stated the restaurant’s hours of operation for the day.

Saadia’s storefront remains owned by an LLC tied to Yasmin and Farajian, according to online city records. They bought the property in 2016.

Vegan restaurant Hang Space shuttered last week in Bon Air.

Hang Space first opened at 8000-8002 Buford Court in Chesterfield in 2018, serving vegan hamburgers, sandwiches and desserts.

The restaurant opened as a brick-and-mortar extension of married couple owners David Witte and April Viar’s Go Vegan Go food truck, which they debuted in 2016.

Hang Space announced its last day of operation was going to be July 28 in a Facebook post the previous day.

“Hang Space was definitely a labor of love, and its time has come to an end, for now,” the post read in part. “It’s time now for rest. Perhaps one day down the road, we will re-emerge in a different location, who knows. But for now, we are going to take some much-needed time for rest and family time.”

Hang Space didn’t respond to requests for further comment.

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Ashley Smith
Ashley Smith
5 days ago

Big losses for RVA. Will truly miss these establishments and all they brought to our community.

Jennifer Jinnette
Jennifer Jinnette
5 days ago

Hangspace was delicious and amazing and I will miss it!