As a largely personal decision, Health, Love & Soul, Juice Bar & Grill in Montclair will close its doors one last time on Friday evening.
There is no lingering animosity and the store will be closing on good terms. The owners, are “simply looking to do other things.”
Getting choked up, Lumengo, a store manager, explained that the store’s closing is truly a sad event but that the restaurant and it’s customers will not be forgotten.
“When you develop a rapport with the customers, you can’t take that away, it’s priceless,” said Lumengo.
HLS’ closing is not a complete loss because a new restaurant, Vital, will take its place. Vital offers a similar concept and comparable food with a heavy emphasis on healthy eating and healthy living.
The owner of HLS in Montclair is good friends with the future owner of Vital and they are “basically like family,” making the restaurant’s closing more of a transition as opposed to an ending.
“It’s like a little girl,” said Lumengo. “She’s grown up and gotten married and is just changing her name.”
Vital will be opening on July 26 and their hours will most likely be from 11 a.m. till 10:00 p.m.HLS will also be keeping their Maplewood restaurant open, located at 1859 Springfield Ave. and will possibly look into opening new locations in the future.