Just when you think you’ve heard the craziest restaurant story you’ll ever hear, another comes along and tops it.
We gave first-time restaurant owner Dan Marten a lot of credit for realizing the nearly two-year-old The Wood Cask in Kirkwood had missed the mark. We then gave him more props for wanting to switch gears and flipping the concept in a matter of days. The Fryer’s Daughter—a cheery, fast casual, family-friendly, restaurant specializing in chicken-thigh sandwiches and chicken by the piece—opened April 1.
At that point, the wheels fell off the fryer—almost literally.
Marten says a combination of issues—fryer equipment malfunctions, staffing issues, pressure from the landlord, and personal health complications—doomed the project. In addition, some customers had difficulty understanding the concept and took issue with the food and service. Marten added that there was more to the story, but nothing that he could elaborate on at this time.
He reluctantly closed the restaurant this past Saturday, April 15.
The restaurant is currently for sale for $79,900—not a bad deal for a chef-owner looking for an unusual (and repeatable) concept in a restaurant-friendly neighborhood.
Editor's Note: This article has been updated from an earlier version.