Update: Added comment from Teavana.
Teavana Fine Tea +Tea Bar abruptly closed its only full cafe on Sunday on Southport Avenue, leaving the Water Tower Place retail-only space as the city's only location of the Starbucks-owned chain. The Lakeview location, Teavana's first tea bar in the Midwest, was open for less than two years.
An email to Teavana corporate went unreturned as it's unknown what led to the tea bar/retail shop's closure, which DNAinfo first reported. Teavana reportedly had more tea bars planned for Chicago, including at the corner of Diversey and Clark inside the former Hanig's Slipper Box shoe store. It's unknown if Teavana's plans have changed. They still operate five tea bars in the United States— three in New York and one each in Seattle and Beverly Hills.
Teavana emailed with this statement:
"As part of the normal course of business, we're always evaluating the stores' portfolio, and we decided to close the Southport tea bar," said Teavana spokeswoman Christina McPherson.
Teavana is among the top priorities for Starbucks, which bought Teavana in 2012 in an effort to capture more of the $125 billion global tea market.
"We've been pleased with the performance of Teavana overall," McPherson added.