Spike Gjerde just snagged a coveted James Beard Award (the first Baltimore chef to do so!) for his work at Woodberry Kitchen. That strikes a pretty mean contrast with the response to his Shoo-Fly Diner, which after a year and a half of mostly bad reviews “needs to find a new home.”
Gjerde told the Baltimore Sun that Shoo-Fly is at heart “a great little diner” that “got a little lost in translation.” Maybe he’s right. Our own Charm City Cook liked what she tasted in advance of the diner’s official opening back in 2013.
Shoo-Fly may stay open, in one form or another, through the summer. But no closing date has been set. The restaurant may find a new spot at Belvedere Square, and the a new concept may take up residence at the old Shoo-Fly space.