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Nonna’s Steak House Not to Open


CIRCLEVILLE – Duncan Shoemaker, owner of the Nonna’s Steakhouse, says he’s always wanted to have his own restaurant, and this is a dream come true for him.  “I’ve been cooking since age 12, said Shoemaker.  I’ve been in the food industry for about 17 years.  I’ve also volunteered in church kitchens around the area.  Jefferson’s Church, Crossroads, and Idleburg Church in Stoutsville.  I went to Columbus Culinary Institute the Bradford School and graduated.  I’ve always loved to cook, and I’ve always loved Italian food.”

Throughout Nonna’s Renovations, Shoemaker had continuous setbacks as he had planned to open in January and the dream month after month in this location slowly slipped away.

Sadly Shoemaker posted on his local Facebook group this week. “Due to not being able to obtain a liquor license and other issues we will not be opening in the Circleville area. I’d like to thank you all for the support you’ve given us and hope to serve you in the future.”

“If you are one of the 2 individuals who purchased a gift certificate please send an email to [email protected] with your name,address, and phone number and we will mail you a full refund of the purchase price,” said Shoemaker.

As of the posting of this story, Shoemaker has removed Nonna’s sign from the front window, and the newly renovated store seems a little darker tonight.


  1. Does he plan on opening elsewhere? If so when and where?

    Did he and/or the City Council have any more details as to the root causes of not being able to obtain a liquor license? What were the other issues – other issues with government or something else?

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