Some more permanent closings on Second Avenue to note (joining Thailand Cafe and Mermaid Inn along here)...
• Spiritea, 300 E. Fifth St. at Second Avenue
The fruit-and-milk tea shop, which debuted here in May 2019, will not be reopening. Management confirmed the closing. Their locations in Vancouver and Irvine, Calif., remain open.
The space went under a drastic renovation early last year ... it had been vacant since 100% Healthy Blend (or maybe just Healthy Blend) closed after three months in November 2016. Previous tenants include the Mexican restaurants Dahlia's and Mary Ann's.
• Dia, 58 Second Ave. between Third Street and Fourth Street
The restaurant specializing in Roman-style pizza and coastal Italian seafood has closed. The Did website is offline and their phone has been disconnected. Open Table lists them as permanently closed.
The restaurant debuted in the fall of 2018.
• Atlas Cafe, 73 Second Ave. between Fourth Street and Fifth Street.
After a renovation earlier in the summer, Atlas briefly reopened in late August... only to go dark again in September. Multiple sources confirmed that they will not return. (H/T Derek Berg!)
The restaurant, which served reliable vegan (and non-vegan) menu items with a Moroccan vibe, first opened in 1999.
Multiple readers have pointed out that the block here on the west side of the Avenue between Fourth and Fifth has become quite seedy... mounds of discarded items have been stacked up outside 75 Second Ave. — home of the now-closed Nostro Italian restaurant...
Someone moved the pile to the vacant storefront to the north, but it always seems to return... an owner of a store nearby describes it as a "drunken junkyard" ... and so far, calls to the city (311) haven't yielded any results ... the store owner says all this has been bad for business...