BOSTON – Spyce, which opened a restaurant featuring warm bowls of ingredients prepared by robots, will shut down its Boston location next week in preparation for a renovation and adding new menu items, including salads.
In an email sent to customers, the co-founders of Spyce said they would be closing its 241 Washington St. location on November 22, with plans to re-open “in the coming months.” It also posted the announcement on its Instagram page.
The full email is below:
Dear Friends & Flavorseekers,
We have some exciting news to share with you! Over the past year and a half at Spyce, our hearts have grown full from the outpouring of support and excitement around what we’re cooking up. Together we’ve turned a somewhat outlandish idea into reality, matching our favorite flavors from around the world with fresh produce to create delicious food for more people. It’s been delighting to see y’all love kimchi and soy-braised black beans as much as we do!
Although we’ve felt like there are many things we’ve gotten right, we’ve been listening to you all closely, and we know there are several ways we can make your experience even better. So, we’ve decided to further dedicate ourselves to bringing the most out of every ingredient. If you’re thinking, what does that even mean? To us, it means adapting our kitchen to suit a variety of culinary techniques. We were inspired to rethink our style of cooking and creating to give you new and far more opportunities to customize your lunch and dinner experience. Depending on your dietary preferences, allergies, moods, and interest of the moment, our culinary team is working hard on a brand-new menu that features warm bowls and introduces salads at Spyce. What’s more? We’ve found new ways to make your experience faster and more seamless.
To bring you this enhanced experience, we need to shut down our location for a brief renovation period. We’re going to officially close our 241 Washington location on November 22nd and re-open in the coming months. The moment we have a re-open date, you will be the first to know. During this time away, we will gear up for our new launch, and the friendly faces you know and love from our restaurant will be busy refining and building these programs at our HQ office.
We cannot wait for you to experience all of the advancements we have made for you! While we are away, feel free to reach out. Our lines of communication are always wide open at [email protected]. Say hi, pass along a fun story, or tell us about your favorite Spyce moment! We are beyond thrilled to be on this journey with you.
See you soon, Kale, Michael, Luke & Brady – Spyce co-founders.
Spyce was founded in 2015 by four MIT graduates (Michael Farid, Kale Rogers, Luke Schlueter, and Brady Knight), and pioneered a way of providing elevated and nutritious bowls for people at many income levels. In September 2018, the company raised $21 million in a Series A funding round, and the company had planned on using the funding to open restaurants on the East Coast and further develop its robotic culinary platform. Investors include Collaborative Fund, Maveron, Khosla Ventures, as well as chefs that include Thomas Keller, Jerome Bocuse, Gavin Kayson and Daniel Boulud.