There’s never a dull moment in the SE Division dining world, and it appears Heart Bar will close after just two months on April 29 (and you probably thought Honky Tonk Taco would stay in the record books longer for the fastest closure). Heart Bar owner Sanjay Chandrasekaran (Sudra) will keep the space, but she’s teaming up with the lauded Aviv pop-up, which opens May 3, at 1125 SE Division St.
Aviv comes from Tal Caspi, known for the popular Gonzo Falafel and Hummus food truck, and Suzanne Prinsen (Little Bird, Biwa). In an email, Prinsen tells Eater, “We're pleased to announce the pop-up was a success and we're moving into our own space. Our partner Sanjay Chandrasekaran is closing Heart Bar and opening Aviv in it's place.”
Just like at its pop-up dinners, Aviv will serve plant-based versions of popular plates from Caspi’s native Israel. This includes those Gonzo shawarma fries (dirty fries loaded with Israeli flavors), falafel, and hummus, as well as new dishes like spiced Moroccan-style carrots with house-made harissa and tofu feta.
Starting May 3, Aviv will be open for lunch and dinner daily, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The decor will be revamped, and the service style will be “upscale fast-casual.”