Germantown Craft House management informed 20 employees at a meeting today that the restaurant is closed, effective immediately, according to a source.
Based on an anonymous tip, Insider Louisville was able to confirm the closure from one of the 20 now former employees, who asked that their name not be used. At about 2:30 p.m., a Facebook user posted, in part, “Shoutout to the homies at Germantown Craft House who randomly lost their job today for no damn reason.”
Confirmation came with word that the restaurant is planning another concept to go into the space, which only opened this past summer. The new concept will be a fast-casual restaurant, but further details weren’t provided. The source did say employees were told they would be placed in jobs in that new venture if at all possible, and that management would help with possible employment elsewhere.
The source said a perceived reason for the Craft House’s lack of success in its 1030 Goss Ave. location is that it was “too nice and too expensive in the neighborhood,” which traditionally has been more of a blue-collar area featuring local taverns. However, multiple other upscale concepts have worked in the Germantown/Schnitzelburg area, and several have opened within the last year or two.
No announcement had come from the Craft House by way of press release or social media, and Craft House co-owner Pat Hagan had not returned a voicemail as of approximately 4 p.m.
Insider will update this story as more information becomes available.