Spacious, a coworking brand that operated out of restaurants and was bought by WeWork in 2019, recently closed — leaving local business owners scrambling for space.
Spacious utilized empty restaurant tables during the day, bringing in extra revenue for restaurateurs and providing local business owners with an affordable place to work.
However after WeWork’s failed IPO in late 2019 and subsequent cutbacks, Spacious was one of several businesses owned by the coworking giant that were closed to cut costs.
In the Upper West Side of NYC, Spacious had been operating out of the Milling Room and Crave Fishbar for more than two years before closing late last year. The unexpected closure left at least 100 people without a place to work, according to former Spacious patrons.
The email announcement to Spacious members read: “As part of WeWork’s renewed focus on its core workspace business, Spacious will close its doors on December 31, 2019. We regret any disruption that this may cause to you or your business, and have arranged other discounted workspace offers.”