Phoenix, AZ

Local Restaurant Closes 9 Months After Opening

Greyson F
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A local restaurant has closed less then a year after opening.Photo byTim MossholderonUnsplash

Luck, whether owners want to admit it or not, plays a part in the eventual success or failure of a restaurant. This is especially the case when first starting out. A new restaurant can have excellent food, a prime location, and even quality marketing, but if luck isn’t on its side, the business will not survive. Sadly, that seems to be what has happened with one local restaurant, which officially closed up shop last week. While fans and patrons are holding out hope the business does return, as of today, the Phoenix establishment is no more after less than a year after opening (although it has left the door open for a possible return).

Earlier in the year, Lowdown Vegan was inside Froth Coffee Roasters at 1447 East McDowell Road in Phoenix. The late-night vegan destination aimed at offering hungry patrons a meatless alternative to the other late-night chains and restaurants. Anyone who is vegan, vegetarian, or simply wants an alternative to meat knows late-night eating opportunities are generally few and far between, so Lowdown Vegan gave these customers a viable option.

While we covered the initial announcement put out by the restaurant, the late-night eatery didn’t officially shut down its late-night serving hours until last week, when Lowdown Vegan took part in its “Thankful Farewell.” For many, despite the announcement issued earlier in October, this still came as a shock.

The restaurant itself is now fully closed up, but the owners are still selling the prepared meals they have remaining, including their “Shrimp,” which had been a fan favorite. For anyone interested in ordering some of these goodies for vegan-free dining, Lowdown Vegan has asked customers to DM their Instagram profile (the restaurant’s website has shut down).

There is some talk of the restaurant eventually opening back up in a different location. Running a late-night-only restaurant has its own challenges. It is already difficult to grab the attention of patrons when running from inside an established business. Doing so cuts down on available signage on the street. Beyond this, when the business is only running after most rush hour traffic has completed, it is far more difficult to get the word out, and many have already returned home for their own dinners.

While the owners of Lowdown Vegan have left the door open to an eventual return around Phoenix, as of today, the only remaining option is to order the vegan shrimp from the restaurant’s Instagram page.


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