Flagpole is still waiting on official word from owners Juan and Vanessa Molina, but a staff member at vegan eatery Echo (Flagpole review), which opened at the beginning of September in the former Farm 255 space on West Washington Street downtown, confirmed that the Molinas told their employees the restaurant was closing permanently, and that the last day of service was Saturday, Dec. 21. The staffer also says there are no plans to move back to the original Broad Street Coffee location.
Reports had previously come in from diners who said the staff told their party it was quits and from former employees.
We will update with a statement when word from the owners comes down.
UPDATE 12/24/13: Phone calls and emails to the Molinas remain unanswered, but a sign posted on Echo's door reads, "We will be closed for the holidays beginning December 22nd. See you in 2014." Curiously, no re-opening date is given.