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Savory Closes Doors Following Problems with Landlord

Savory owner and executive chef Paul Shoemaker says his team has "given up their long and hard battle with Point Dume Village landlord and part-owner Zan Marquis."

UPDATE 2:30 p.m. Thursday: Point Dume Village owner Zan Marquis issued a statement explaining that he's disappointed in the closure, but it was due to the decision of Savory owner Paul Shoemaker. Marquis said Shoemaker had defaulted on rent payments.

ORIGINAL POST: The owner of Savory Restaurant in the Point Dume Village said he decided to shut the restaurant's doors Wednesday following issues with the landlord.

"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," Savory owner and executive chef Paul Shoemaker said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.

Shoemaker and his team fought a long battle with Point Dume Village landlord and Savory part-owner Zan Marquis, according to the statement.

"We would like to thank the entire community and the city of Malibu, all of our guests that have supported us over the last two and a half years, and most of all we would like to thank our incredible and amazing staff," Shoemaker said. "We are so appreciative to have had such a talented, professional and loyal group of employees working with us all of this time."

Shoemaker was not able to gain any resolve with Marquis and he and his team have had to finally give up this fight, according to the statement.

The popular local spot was listed in Los Angeles Magazine's Top 10 Best New Restaurants in 2011, along with being nominated for a 2012 James Beard Award.

The news comes as Point Pizza Malibu is closing its doors in December after Marquis opted not to extend its lease. A rally to protest both the closure of Savory and Point Pizza is set for 4 p.m. Friday at the Point Dume Village, according to organizers.

Property manager Kathryn Natalia said she could not comment on the closure and Marquis could not be immediately reached.

Malibu Barbie November 12, 2012 at 04:53 AM
My heart goes out to Chef Paul Shoemaker, Chef Chris Gore and all the hard-working employees that put their blood, sweat and tears into running a beautiful local family restaurant. It is a sad day for us locals, loosing THE BEST FOOD Malibu had to offer. Savory had a warm neighborhood feel. I could go in for a beautiful glass of wine, a spectacular artisan style pizza and it was guaranteed a good time. A big THANK YOU to the Malibu Community for allowing Chef Paul Shoemaker to thrive for 2.5 years and fulfill his dream of operating his own restaurant. Thank you to all of our devoted Savory fans for believing in Paul and Savory. We love you Paul and Savory is a truly a gem that will be missed in the community. One Love.
Mike Schmit November 13, 2012 at 09:02 PM
ANOTHER BAD LANDLORD STRIKES AGAIN!! MY WIFE AND I ONLY VISITED SAVORY TWICE FOR LUNCH BUT ENJOYED OURSELVES EACH TIME. I CAN ONLY SUGGEST TO THIS "BIG HEARTED" LAND LORD THAT IF CONTINUES TO PUSH OUT SUCCESSFUL LOCAL BUSINESSES THAT HE WON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT EXPANDING THE PARKING LOT!! MIKE SCHMIT '
Bob Perkins DDS November 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Mike In the interest of fairness and Truth I Respectfully urge you to look further into this (peel back the onion) so that you can substantiate the accusations you are setting forth. It is strange, actually, that this relationship between landlord and tenant is being aired in the public. It's not fair to either party. From what I have heard from very reliable sources, Zan was quite generous in the way he structured this landlord/tenant relationship. It will likely surprise you. Again, this whole thing is personal between Zan and the owner of Savory's. Let's not burn anyone at the stake without all the information. Who among us would want to live in a workd like that. As someone on the Patch said recently "a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on." People's lives rest in the balance. I enjoyed Savory and I wish the owner the best in his next endeavor.
Joshua November 15, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Brian, This statement is completely false, as Savory has already stated they would show their accounting records to prove that they were and always have been up to date on their rent in the time they have been there!
GOVWATCHAMERICA January 23, 2013 at 05:19 AM
ZANE MARQUIS IS A CREEP A PAROCITE TO MALIBU I KNOW I DEALTH WITH THIS GREEDY SCUM...HE CLOSED A 39 YEAR OLD LEGENDERY DUME ROOM HE IS CRAP PURE AND SIMPLE RUN THIS PUNK OUT OF TOWN...

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