Update on February 16th:
I came across this update on Spire from over at GrubStreet:
Spire may have run up against some of the troubles that Traci Des Jardins’s ACME Chophouse faced before it closed and became Public House and Mijita— namely that the space is large, the concept not well suited to the neighborhood, and there isn’t much of a draw for people on non-game days and during the Giants’ off-season.
According to InsideScoop, “the owner’s plan is to reinvent the space, making it more comfortable and suitable for casual lingering- a place where people can sit and hang out”. I thought that is what the upstairs Lounge was aiming to do?
If you ask me, they might want to do something about the acoustics of this place while they’re renovating. The last time I ate there, I couldn’t hear myself chew because of all the echos bouncing off the exposed brick walls. Why would you want to hang out at a place where you can’t hear, particularly in this part of the neighborhood?
Whatever the case, I hope that they aren’t just bowing out for good under the guise that they’re ‘renovating.’ They’ve only been there for about 7 months, 4 of which were the much-dreaded off season. That means they haven’t truly tested the waters in the most profitable time of the year. Opening day is April 8th, less than two months away. I would hate to see them not have a full baseball season under their belts before they close.
And lastly, might I suggest the resurrection of their $10 bottomless Sangria night? Perhaps they should make it multiple nights!
Original Post from February 15th:
We’ve received an email from the folks at Spire Restaurant & Bar (685 Third St), letting us know that they will be closed for the next month or so, while they are renovating:
I’m writing to let you know that starting tomorrow, Feb. 15, Spire Restaurant & Bar will be temporarily closed for renovation until the end of March.
We are grateful for the public’s support over the past six months, and we’re working on providing a better dining experience for everyone. Please follow our progress on Facebook at facebook.com/spiresf and Twitter at twitter.com/spiresf.
We look forward to seeing you again very soon! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your support.
I’ve sent a reply, asking if the closure has anything to do with their upstairs Lounge that they’ve been working on for quite some time. I’ve noticed in the past few weeks that they have a sign out front of the lounge, naming it 3 Degrees. That generally means they are close to opening (SEE NEXT POST).