Are you a fan of acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant Woodberry Kitchen? If so, you’re in luck.
Spike Gjerde, executive chef and co-owner of Woodberry Kitchen and Artifact Coffee, is preparing to open a new restaurant: Shoo-fly.
Located in Belvedere Square, the concept will be a farmhouse diner centered on locally sourced ingredients, as well as Gjerde’s canning and preservation operations.
Patrick “Opie” Crooks has been selected to serve as Shoo-fly’s chef de cuisine. Most recently he served as chef/partner at Roy's in Harbor East. He explained that a main reason behind the new restaurant was that its expansive canning and preservation set-up had “maxed out the space” in Woodberry Kitchen and was in need of a good home.
Shoo-fly’s menu promises diner staples with a twist, like sourdough pancakes and the Hangtown fry with crispy bacon, fried oyster, fried egg, and toast. Gjerde and Crooks will maintain their dedication to locally sourced ingredients, making what Crooks described as “great, approachable food.”
The new space is set to open in September, with an official date still in the works. Shoo-fly will be open daily for dinner from 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Brunch will also be available on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Ultimately, Crooks is optimistic about the restaurant, saying he hopes that it will help “revitalize the community.”