Update: Kiernan's says it's still in business, will reopen

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.

"COVID, [as] you [can] imagine, had been a huge challenge and [owner] Josh [Kiernan] has been working very hard on reopening, but in a way that still works with the concept of the restaurant. My apologies for a delayed response. There are many challenges in this industry right now. but I’ve seen the next phase and it’s going to be great."

Schrom also posted a note on Facebook, saying, in part, "(W)e're getting ready to reopen at the end of summer. As everyone knows, the labor shortage and supply shortage through COVID has made it difficult on our industry and we've been working hard to reopen ... ."

(Original post at 6:20 p.m.)

LATHAM -- Kiernan's Craft Tavern, closed since March 2020 initially because of the COVID-19 pandemic, gives all indications it may be permanently closed.

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. 



Comments

  1. Always had a great time, food and drinks there. Sad to see it go.

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  2. Bethany JenkinsonJuly 20, 2021 at 8:55 PM

    Bring back Epicurean!

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    1. That would be difficult. The owners retired and moved to Mexico.

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  3. Sad to hear. Always had great food and drinks.

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  4. Nothing lasts in that location.

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    1. Really? It's only had two restaurants there that I know of.

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    2. Terrible spot for a tavern.

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  5. I came here to say this. While the food was good, I think it was overpriced due to most of the clientele coming through that plaza.

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