Last Hurrah for Iconic Bailey’s Chocolate Bar

Last Hurrah for Iconic Bailey’s Chocolate Bar

Bailey’s Chocolate Bar to Close Saturday for “Refresh”

St. Louis, MO/July 7, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – One of St. Louis’ favorite dessert restaurants is closing this weekend to make way for major changes in concept. Restaurateur Dave Bailey announced last week that Bailey’s Chocolate Bar at 1915 Park Avenue in Lafayette Square will close at the end of service on Saturday, July 8th.  On Facebook, June 28, 2017 Bailey wrote:

“It’s a bittersweet moment for us as we share the news of our upcoming refresh.  While it’s hard to say goodbye, our BCB family is excited for the updated space & menu.

We want to give a huge THANK YOU to all our loyal customers who have shared memorable nights with us over the past decade, from first dates to engagements, graduations to bachelorette parties.  We would not be the restaurant family that we are today with you or our dedicated staff!

Come see us on our last day of service on Saturday July 8th before we begin renovations.  Because celebrations are always better with dessert, right?!”

Bailey has said fans of his iconic restaurant won’t have to suffer too long without their beloved chocolate martinis.  His plans call for turning the current restaurant site into two establishments, including a new concept restaurant on the first floor, and a “refreshed” Chocolate Bar on the second floor.  Bailey is keeping tight-lipped about his concept for the first floor eatery, only promising it will be different than any of his other restaurants, and saying he hopes to open some time in August.  But he says the updated Chocolate Bar could be reopened in as little as two weeks.  Chocolate Bar fans will find a the new menu includes some fresh dessert offerings, cheese plates, and cocktails, along with some of the original restaurant’s most popular desserts.

Bailey’s Chocolate bar opened in 2004, as a full service restaurant specializing in house-made gourmet desserts, as well as savory pizzas and cheeses, with a full bar.  The southside establishment quickly became known for their signature Chocolate Martinis (available in more than two-dozen variations), fabulously decadent desserts (including homemade ice cream and flourless molten chocolate cake), their sophisticated decor, and relaxing patio.

Other restaurants in Bailey’s family include Baileys’ Range, Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar, Rooster, Small Batch, Shift Test Kitchen, and The Fifth Wheel (inside 4 Hands Brewing).  This reboot is just one of several projects in the works for Bailey.  Other projects include this summer’s opening of Hugo’s Pizzeria at 3135 Olive Street in midtown, and next year’s planned opening of a second Baileys’ Range in the Shaw neighborhood in South St. Louis.

Bailey’s Chocolate Bar will be open Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. for the final time in its current presentation.  This will be the last chance diners have to soak in the iconic, trend-setting restaurant and bar.  The next time it opens, in about two weeks, it promises to be a different experience.

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