|Kiernan's Craft Tavern remains dark. / photo by Bill Dowd|
UPDATED 9:55 p.m.: After receiving no response to phone calls and several electronic messages this month and a personal visit today (see details below), I speculated that Kiernan's Craft Tavern may be permanently closed. This evening, however, someone finally responded. Micah Schrom, who says he "had been doing their marketing for them," offered an explanation.
The Latham Farms restaurant's website has for months promised, "We're coming back soon & safe." And, its most recent Facebook update, posted in November 2020, said, "We're getting ready to come back better than ever and have been hard at work."
However, the listed phone number is no longer in service, and I've sent the Latham Farms restaurant three electronic inquiries so far this month seeking clarification of its status. Each received only an automated response saying, "Thanks for messaging us. We'll get back to you as soon as we can."
An in-person visit today revealed no activity and no response to a vigorous door knock. The only portion of the interior visible from the sidewalk showed a pile of scattered tools and debris.
Josh Kiernan opened the upscale casual restaurant in September 2018 on the north end of Latham Farms in the former Epicurean Bistro space. Despite good reviews, just weeks before closing at the start of the pandemic he posted an extensive notice on Facebook seeking an executive chef. When I asked if that meant startup chef Drew Queen was leaving, Kiernan said the search was in support of an expansion. Five weeks later, the restaurant closed.