Shoefly Public House, which opened in Fall Creek Place in 2013, has called it quits, citing the pandemic.
Owners Craig and Kait Mariutto said Monday on Facebook that the restaurant is “closed for good.” Shoefly suspended operations on Saturday after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. The initial plan was to reopen, but the owners soon decided to make the closure permanent.
“I wish we could have given folks more notice but going through the financials it’s clear that the time has come,” the owners said on Facebook. “We’ll be able to cover payroll as well as take care of our vendors and that will be about it. This is a rough business in general & the fact that we made it as long as we did is a credit to our great staff & guests.”
The Mariuttos said they have been able to keep Shoefly, 122 E. 22nd St., afloat with help from a Paycheck Protection Program loan.
Business was strong enough during the summer month thanks to a “full patio” of guests.
“Now as the weather turns [and] it is too cold to eat outside [and] not really safe to eat inside, we feel the best thing to do is close,” the owners said. “There is no further relief in sight and we don’t want to risk not being able to pay our staff and/or vendors.”
Shoefly featured a a casual setting and a menu of upscale and modern pub food, including duck wings, krispy Buffalo cauliflower, vegan chili, jerk walleye tacos and Korean fried chicken. It changed its menu with the seasons and used locally produced meats and produce when possible.
It also offered a variety of alcoholic beverages, including offerings from smaller wineries and breweries.