Less than four months after switching the concept and changing its name, Vivial, the finer-dining restaurant inside the former Spencer's Jolly Posh Foods space on Southport, is closed. Owner Nick Spencer cited "personal reasons" and wanting to focus on wholesale operations in a short statement as reasons for the shutter.
The restaurant shifted its focus in November from a casual spot that also sold British groceries to a more formal American restaurant that even employed the Tock ticketing system. In another Alinea Group connection, Aviary/Alinea alum Garrett Christiansen served as executive chef. Vivial's cocktails also earned recognition. Southport Corridor first reported the closure.
Jolly Posh opened as a grocery store that supplied British foodstuffs before moving to the Southport location. Spencer also added a restaurant component before switching concepts and going forward with Vivial. The Jolly Posh name lives on as stores, including Mariano's, sell Spencer's British bacon and sausages at their locations.