Julia Blackbird's, which opened on West 32nd Street in 2000, was an early pioneer in the revitalization of the Highlands Square shopping district. But a sixteen-year run in the West Highland neighborhood has come to an end. The place won't sit vacant for long, though; a new sign is already up announcing that an Italian restaurant and wine bar called Spatola will soon open in the space.
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Longtime residents may recall that the tiny brick eatery separated from the street by a sunny courtyard was not the first home of Julia Blackbird's. Chef/owner Julia Siegfried originally opened her ode to New Mexican cooking across the street and a block west, at 3617 West 32nd Avenue, which is now home to a Novo Coffee outpost.