Fall Creek Place eatery Shoefly cites pandemic for closure

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.

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16 thoughts on “Fall Creek Place eatery Shoefly cites pandemic for closure

  1. Another sad victim of an incompetent White House and Senate. Trump downplayed the virus for political gains from the beginning. Then he failed to follow his own White House Task Force’s guidelines, along with the CDC’s. He then encouraged Americans to defy mask and social distancing guidelines, even holding packed rallies. Then he and Congress failed to provide further relief before the election, in favor of ramming through a Supreme Court pick. You are living in an alternate world if you think this is an overreaction by the media. Or do you think the entire planet is just overreacting? This isn’t just happening in America…

    We are doing terribly as a country combatting this disease. The only media doing harm when it comes to covid is Fox and other right-wing sources ruining our lives. If everyone, and by that I mean 90-100% of the population wore a mask and followed social distancing, we wouldn’t be in this big of a mess. Instead Trump’s followers and just generally selfish/lazy people are going to force more business restrictions, followed by closures. Ironic that those who complain about masks are also the ones constantly blaming government on business closures. It’s been explained from the beginning that mask wearing and distancing were the only ways out of this. Trump and selfish anti-mask citizens are the ultimate reason we are in this mess.

    1. The restaurant is the sad victim of government overreach. Disease exists. Locking down over it is ridiculous and has already cost hundreds of thousands of small businesses. Between the lockdowns and the dramatic media overreaction doing its best to scare the populace, the damage done has been immense. Masks and distancing were never explained as the “only way out of this”. It’s a disease. They don’t just go “back in the box”. Sorry that pure willing to give up your freedoms and sacrifice the livelihoods of millions of small business owners so you can feel a little safer. What a sad world we live in.

    2. That state media really has you indoctrinated Wesley. You are so right. This is all Trump and his supporters fault. Not even going to try to counter what you said. Why bother anymore.

    3. So only the President and Senate (Republican) are responsible but not the House of Reps (Democratic)? Wow, your statement might be the most ignorant, biased, one-sided comment of the day!

  2. Feel bad for all the independent restaurants and bars. The margins are so thin you just can’t afford to miss even a week of sales. Good luck in the future.

  3. I have enjoyed this space… They did a great job for the neighborhood. This is a relentless industry, and touch times, but restaurateurs bleed different, the owners are amazing and creative and I’m sure they will bounce back again!! Good Luck!

  4. Total agreement with Tim, Christine and Carmen. Shoefly was truly a unique and differentiated restaurant with great food and service and clearly great ownership.
    Best of luck and thank you to all of you!

  5. Great place Chris! I loved it and feel i should have strived to order more to go. Nothing to do about government, damn COVID makes indoor dining not desirable at all. Good luck to them in the future!

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