Thursday, October 29, 2015
At NatureEs, the Mars Bar replacement that apparently is no longer open
There hasn't been much, if any, daytime activity over at NatureEs, the juice bar/cafe/"wellness center" combo at 21 E. First St. in Jupiter 21, the residential building that rose from the grave of the Mars Bar and several other businesses here between Second Avenue and the Bowery.
Former Mars Bar owner Hank Penza was reportedly a partner in this new venture that included a founder of Juice Press.
The cafe space was seemingly cleaned out about a month ago… the doors are always locked during the announced business hours… for at least a week in late September, there were signs on the door noting a closure for a private event...
An EVG reader noted bouncers and a line outside on several nights in early October (there is an active liquor license for the space)…
Out of curiosity, I stopped by NatureEs twice during its run … once right after it opened this past May. There was a disorganized vibe to the place, though you may expect a little chaos shortly after opening.
NatureEs actually didn't have much for sale in this huge space — six juices … a chia bowl. The (presumably?) manager, who treated me like an undesirable party guest, said they were making smoothies, but they didn't have menus yet. They also had hot soup — a lentil bean concoction, which seemed a little much on this unseasonably warm May afternoon. They had two small to-go dishes. The chia bowl and a broccoli/cauliflower mix. Neither item had the ingredients (nor the price) listed. The vegetables had a sauce, but no one knew what it was. Also, the AC wasn't working.
I returned later in the summer, when NatureEs looked more inviting…
I looked around the well-appointed space … I was the only person there, other than the lone employee…
I looked at some body oils and scented candles… it had the feel of a fake store created for a film set…
Eventually I decided to — in the name of blogalism — fork over $11 for a smoothie … the Starter Wife, featuring avocado, pineapple, spinach, ginger and coconut water, sounded appealing (enough).
The employee said of course, and disappeared into the back room. He returned several minutes later with a sheepish look and the news that he did not have any avocados on-hand to make this smoothie. Maybe come back?
Yesterday, CB3 released its roster of meetings for November, including the SLA committee meeting set for Nov. 16.
Among the items on the agenda under alterations:
• Naturees (Paulmil Cafe Inc), 21 E 1st St (alt/op/convert juice bar to Spanish bistro and add additional bar)
So it appears there are plans to convert the juice bar/spa into a bar-restaurant.
Previously on EV Grieve:
NatureEs calls: About the organic cafe coming to where Mars Bar 2.0 was in the works
A quick look inside NatureEs, the new organic cafe coming to 21 E. 1st St.