Point Dume Village Owner Expresses Disappointment Over Savory Closure

Point Dume Village Owner Zan Marquis reacts to an announcement from Savory Owner Paul Shoemaker about the closure of the restaurant.

Point Dume Village owner Zan Marquis said Thursday the closure of Savory Restaurant in Malibu was due to actions taken by the restaurant's owner, Paul Shoemaker, who he says had been in default on the rent.

"The owners of Point Dume Village had invested over $600,000 to help ensure its success, while the chef-manager has been working on a new restaurant venture in downtown LA that is reportedly opening next month," Marquis said over email.

Marquis said the closure was a disappointment and that it was due to the actions by Shoemaker and not the management of Point Dume Village.

"Savory defaulted in the payment of its rent and closed its doors on November 7," Marquis said.

Shoemaker issued a statement Wednesday announcing the closure, explaining that his team fought a long battle with Point Dume Village landlord Marquis.

"This is a sad day and one of the hardest decisions I have had to make. I love Malibu and everyone here. We will never forget this amazing experience," Shoemaker said.

In response to Marquis' assertions, Alex Rowinski, general manager for Savory, said the landlord's facts were "totally distorted."

"This is being disputed by Paul and management and everybody at Savory," Rowinski said, adding that she hopes to release more details soon.

According to Lt. Todd Weber of the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff's Station, deputies were called to the shopping center at noon on Wednesday to a report of a business dispute.

"Deputies went out there for a dispute call and contacted the involved parties and determined that no crime had occurred," Weber said, adding that no further information was available.

Marquis said that since the announcement of the closure, two local restaurant owners have already expressed interest in opening at the location.  

"We will do all we can to provide quality local ownership at this same location in the very near future," Marquis said.

DEE November 10, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Alexandra Rowinski November 12, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Thank you to all supporters. Bottom line, this is a very sad and unfortunate situation. 30 people, including myself, are not only out of work, but completely locked out of the premises. I have staff members who aren't even allowed to access their own belongings at this time. On top of it...to have something like this happen to someone like Chef Paul Shoemaker is even worse. He and his wonderful family are loving people who genuinely care about the community. Since the closure, I have received countless messages, emails and calls from his supporters, saying how much they love Paul and Savory.
John Mazza November 12, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Everyone !!!! Tuesday night Nov 13 at 6:30 pm city hall may be your last chance to save local retail in Malibu. The city council will hear the diversification ordinance and formula retail (chains) ordinance. If you do not show up and speak you have only yourself to blame when another local shop goes out of business. The Chamber of Commerce, Pepperdine and the developers will be there in force and it looks like two of the council members have sold out. Council members with open minds need to hear from you NOW . Your kids may grow up in a town full of tourist shops and no soul---they should be there also.The staff report is linked below. http://www.malibucity.org/download/index.cfm/fuseaction/download/cid/19607/
Loves Malibu November 13, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Zan is a BAD GUY. I hope everyone shows up at City Hall tonite to express their disbelief in how a landlord can move an entire community into outrage. What Zan did by loKathryn upstairs peering out of her office window put a terrible demeaming and untruthful sign in front of Savory. Put this guy in jail.
Marshall Thompson November 15, 2012 at 04:17 AM
I want this community to know that I and many other Malibu residents distance ourselves from unknown, anonymous comments and personal smears like this one from "Loves Malibu" that attack people from behind the safe firewall of their computer, even if we do not like the behavior of the person named as a target. This is not cool and is a cheap shot AT BEST.


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