The Fireside has officially closed, just six months after it's celebrated opening at 2701 E. Market St.
In a statement released on Facebook Monday evening, the company cited sustainability as its reason for abruptly closing.
"After much consideration and analysis, we have made the painful decision to close the Fireside immediately," the post read. "Out of respect for all of our employees and vendors we were trying to reach all of them to tell them personally before social media began blowing up, unfortunately in the world of social media that is not possible."
Three siblings returned to their hometown of Logansport to partner in the venture. Two of their spouses were part of the ownership team as well. They are Susan Stephens-Jarrell and her husband, Malcolm Jarrell; Bryon Stephens and his wife, Patricia Rozzi; and Joe Stephens.
At the time of the opening in early December 2018, Susan Stephens-Jarrell told the Pharos-Tribune: "We've all been away, we've all lived in other states and we've come back to Logansport. We really wanted to invest into the community, give the area a nice place to eat and have it be fine dining but casual comfort. We don't want it to be overwhelming for people, we just want them to be comfortable and have excellent food."
The owners have a combined 75 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Patricia, Bryon and Joe own the Boardwalk Cafe locations in Logansport and Peru. Bryon is president and chief operating officer of Marco's Pizza, which has franchises across the country.
The eatery featured amenities like private wine lockers and Italian specialties like veal and handmade pastas, in addition to prime steaks, double bone-in pork chops and an evolving selection of wines, craft beers and cocktails.
An extensive remodel of the interior — which hadn't changed much during its previous incarnation as the Fireside Restaurant & Lounge — took much of 2018 to complete. Among its central features was an interior wall separating the restaurant from the lounge featuring a large glass fireplace.
In the statement issued Monday, The Fireside's owners explained: "Even with the changes in hours and the modifications to the menu to have our lunch items available during the dinner hours, the changes were not enough to sustain us and to continue operating. We are exploring a number of options for the future but have no plans to report at this time."
The closure comes just five months after another popular, locally owned restaurant, The Old Style Inn at 219 S. Sixth St., abruptly closed. Like The Fireside's closure Monday, patrons and some employees and vendors found out about its demise via Facebook. The Old Style was last open on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, about five years after it had undergone an extensive physical upgrade and menu change similar to that of The Fireside's.
In this year's Pharos-Tribune Readers' Choice Awards, which were announced in February, The Fireside won "Favorite New Business" and "Favorite Steaks."