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LYFE Kitchen closes original location as unit count dwindles

The once-promising fast casual is down to just four stores.
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LYFE Kitchen has shuttered its original location in Palo Alto, Calif., leaving the once-growing health-focused fast-casual chain with just four open units.

“We wish to thank everyone for their support of our Palo Alto location over the years,” says a statement on the location’s website. “It was an honor to serve you. We especially want to thank our dedicated team members for their exceptional service and many contributions to our company.”

LYFE Kitchen officials did not respond to repeated requests from Restaurant Business for further comment.

Late last year, the chain closed four units, leaving LYFE with eight stores at that time.

The Palo Alto restaurant, the first for LYFE (which stands for Love Your Food Everyday), opened in 2011. The chain, which was started by former McDonald’s executives and was acquired by Carlisle Corp. in 2016, topped out at 14 units and an average unit volume of $2.76 million before the 2017 closures, according to Technomic data.

Three of LYFE’s remaining units are in Chicago, with the fourth in Memphis.

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