Pura Vida Closing its Doors

The tapas restaurant will close Dec. 31 after 12 years in business.


Pura Vida, the Poncey-Highland tapas restaurant and bar, will close with the end of the year, according to an announcement on its Facebook page.

Chef Hector Santiago and his wife, Leslie, thanked the community in the announcement posted Tuesday evening:

"We want to thank all of our fans for 12 years of living the Pura Vida! We are sorry to tell you that we will be closing Pura Vida at the end of this year, with December 31st being our last day of service. The continued support throughout the years from our loyal fans and our staff has meant the world to us."

Hector Santiago opened Pura Vida in April 2001, after working in several other Atlanta restaurants. In a September 2011 interview with Patch, he said:

"I really want to push all Latin American products from food to drinks to the actual spirits themselves. Even the people that work here are mostly Latino. I want to put a foot forward for my culture as a whole."

The Santiagos say they are looking for partners or investors as the explore new ventures.

In May, the couple shuttered their Super Pan Sandwich Shop, which operated out of the same building as Pura Vida, citing insufficient foot traffic to support the Latino sandwich operation.

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Virginia December 19, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I'm going to miss it. Always took out-of-town guests here, and celebrated many birthdays at the big table. And a couple of New Year's Eves. The opening of Pura Vida was a sign of the good times that were to come to Poncey Highland. It's hard to imagine how few dining choices we had back then. Thank you!
Anna Varela December 19, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Thanks for sharing, Virginia!
Jena Anton December 19, 2012 at 07:48 PM
This is such sad news. Pura Vida was a biweekly regular stop for us. It will be missed. I just hope whatever replaces it lives up to the same quality and character (and is not another salon or overpriced boutique :-/ ).
Anna December 20, 2012 at 05:21 PM
This is so sad! I was so sad when Super Pan closed. I loved it and i love pura vida! Don't go!! :(
Marie December 22, 2012 at 06:29 AM
Tonight I had the last bite of empanadas with diablo piqué sauce, cerviche, honey buns, malanga chips. The loss of Pura Vida in the Highhlands is going to leave a gaping hole in the fabric of my existence. I feel like its more than the closing of a restaurant. It is like the end of a torrid love affair....or the death of a loved one.


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