Chef Paul Shoemaker earlier this month abruptly shuttered his acclaimed Malibu restaurant, Savory, citing a "long and hard battle" with his landlord, Zan Marquis. Accusations have been flying ever since.
Marquis is owner of the Point Dume Village center where Savory is located, and where Malibu residents have protested the closure of the restaurant and the pending closing of Point Pizza, whose lease Marquis hasn't renewed against the owner's wishes. Marquis also is a co-owner of Savory, or, as Shoemaker puts it, a "putative partner."
After the restaurant's closure, Marquis posted a letter to the community in front of the restaurant, which also was sent to the city of Malibu. Now Shoemaker has lobbed his own letter, sent to Malibu's mayor and City Council. "Zan's letter ... blames me for closing Savory; however, the claim is false."
Marquis said Shoemaker defaulted on rent and told the Malibu Times in an email: “Shoemaker wanted me to invest more money in Savory on top of the $600,000 I had already invested,” Marquis said in an email to the Malibu Times. “But Savory was losing money after two years in business.”