FEBRUARY 20, 2014 – No Va Kitchen & Bar located at 87 Rainey St. (Rodolfo Gonzalez AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

One of the early movers on Rainey Street is bowing out of the game. No Va Kitchen + Bar will close after service on June 3.

“Our first priority is to find new career paths for all of our staff. They are the backbone of this restaurant and we want the best for them,” said No Va’s director of operations Lorenzo Laurel, whose family owns the property and is hoping to find a tenant that will “keep the friendly vibe of the street.”

No Va will be running specials and discounts from the kitchen and bar and 50% off all wine up through the last day of service next Saturday.

No Va, which first announced its presence to the world with executive chef Brad Sorenson in 2011, opened for business in August of 2013 on the street that is widely known as a drinking destination. Chef Iliana de la Vega’s neighboring El Naranjo and chef Kevin Fink’s Emmer & Rye have proven the exceptions to the booze-centric street that is also home to several food trailers and food-trailer-turned-restaurant G’Raj Mahal.


Restaurant review from the archives (2014): The sophistication of No Va’s design doesn’t always translate to the plate ]]