Plant-Based Restaurant Chain Cafe Gratitude Permanently Closes San Diego Location

January 18, 2023

After over 7 years in business, Los Angeles-based vegan restaurant chain Cafe Gratitude has abruptly shuttered its San Diego location. 

Cafe Gratitude is an organic, plant-based vegan food chain first founded in San Francisco in 2004 by Terces and Matthew Engelhart. Over its nearly two decade run, the vegan cafe collective grew to several locations around Los Angeles, Berkley, Santa Cruz, and even a branch in Kansas City, MO. With financial backing from I'm Yours singer and North County resident Jason Mraz, the San Diego branch opened at 1980 Kettner Boulevard in Little Italy in late July 2015.

Cafe Gratitude permanently closed its 4,000 square-foot Little Italy restaurant earlier this week without any announcement. As such, there is no word on the reason for the closure or what will replace the restaurant on the base floor of the Broadstone Little Italy apartment building. The company still operates locations in Los Angeles' Arts District, Larchmont, Venice Beach and in Newport Beach. 

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