Gnosh closes at Club David; owner looks for new location

Nov. 19, 2018

Gnosh has left the kitchen at Club David, but owner Ellee Spawn said she is looking for another location and hopes to reopen the restaurant in midwinter or spring.

The restaurant opened three months ago in the downtown nightclub, serving what Spawn described as gastropub fare.

“I couldn’t exactly make it work with just their walk-in traffic (at night). … It was not sustainable. I made a tough decision to pull the plug Friday,” Spawn said.

“I had to ask myself, ‘Do I want this to just be a bar kitchen?’ No. That was never my intention.”

She’ll spend the next couple of months refining her vision for the business.

Spawn wants Gnosh to serve lunch and dinner, host parties and do catering. She’s looking at locations downtown and in other parts of town, she said.

“In the meantime, I’m gearing up to do personal chef services and catering,” Spawn said. She’ll also sell her chili and bacon jam on Etsy over the holidays. Updates will be posted on Gnosh’s Facebook page.

Spawn said she’s thankful for the opportunity Club David provided and the positive feedback she got from customers who got to try her cooking.

“In hindsight, I might have done it differently,” she said of her decision to start the restaurant in the nightclub. “I’m definitely not looking at this as a failure. It’s a positive move.”

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Gnosh closes at Club David; owner looks for new location

Gnosh has left the kitchen at Club David, where it opened three months ago, but the owner is looking for another location.

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