Whole Heart Provisions space near Central available for a new independent restaurant
Whole Heart Provisions won’t be reopening near Central Square, as Boston-based Graffito SP is advertising its 300 Massachusetts Ave. location for lease as “second-generation restaurant space” available at University Park by the Takeda Pharmaceuticals entry.
The Thursday email and a linked brochure offer its 1,984 square feet of space, 14-foot ceilings and existing restaurant equipment for immediate move-in to the right “best-in-class, independent restaurant team [who will] operate a complementary fast-casual restaurant that enhances the environment for those living, working and visiting the area.”
Whole Heart, a maker of inexpensive vegan bowls and soups, was founded in Allston in 2015 by James DiSabatino (who runs the nearby Roxy’s A4cade) and Rebecca Arnold, of BISq, which closed in November. The Allston location became a Turkish Lazuri Cafe almost a year ago, as Whole Heart pivoted during the pandemic to take-home meals and then went into hibernation, vowing to “see you when things turn around.” That also shut down the Whole Heart location in Harvard’s Smith Campus Center.
The pandemic was “an unprecedented disaster,” Arnold told Edible Boston’s Nina Livingstone in February. “I lost my restaurant. I lost the staff. I lost the ability to provide work to those who need it. I lost my outlet of creativity.”