Less than a year after opening, tropical hangout the Getaway locked the doors this past Sunday. Reports of the shutter trickled in from the food and beverage community while most restaurants were preparing for the brunch rush. The Instagram and Facebook accounts for the Upper King eatery disappeared.
Post and Courier talked to owner Kirk Heidenreich, and he claimed he was rebranding the establishment with plans to reopen in September. Many of the former employees took to their personal social media pages to voice their shock at the sudden closure of the Getaway.
Chef Emily Hahn promised Eater more details this week with the addition of “Onward and upward.”
Earlier this year, general manager Genevieve Mashburn left the Getaway just two months after the opening, citing “irreconcilable creative differences.”
What’s next for the space at 541 King St? Where will Hahn land? Stay tuned for details as they trickle in.
Update: Hahn took to Instagram to air her grievances:
After being told 20 minutes before our Sunday brunch service that The Getaway Was no longer going to be open , laid off staff with no notice & no severance package for any salaried employees ..... one staff member received this message this afternoon. This has been the most important learning moment and challenge of my life. I am saddened that people can have such little respect for those of us who helped in creating a little place that will now just be another college bar on King Street. It is a true shame that some people cannot be as honest and loyal. We were lied to. Oh and Christine , you forgot to include the rest of us in this text. And thanks for proving me right, you are not a good person.