Final Concert at Cicero’s is this Weekend
University City, MO/June 20, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – A special era in St. Louis’ vibrant nightlife is about to come to an end. Cicero’s at 6691 Delmar in the University City Loop is closing this weekend. Cicero’s music venue manager and talent buyer Jay Mumma had announced yesterday on Facebook that this Saturday’s performance by The Weekend Routine would be the last concert event at the iconic venue. Today, the Jacobs family which owns the iconic restaurant and bar, announced that Cicero’s will close permanently on Sunday, June 25, 2017. The announcement comes a year after the death of Jacobs patriarch and Cicero’s founder Shawn Jacobs death in June 2016. Cicero’s is currently owned by Chad and Trisha Jacobs, who took over after their father’s death. (Their mother Alice passed away in 2012.)
On the official Cicero’s Facebook page the Jacob’s posted the notice:
Dear friends and patrons,
It’s with an extremely heavy heart that I inform you all that our last day of business will be Sunday, June 25th. After nearly forty years of serving up some of St. Louis’ best pizza, and beer, among other things, we’ve determined it no longer makes sense to continue. Our father, Shawn, put his heart and soul into a place that has become a St. Louis institution. He, and our mom, Alice, sacrificed everything our family had, and took a huge risk, to open Cicero’s. We couldn’t be prouder of them for their accomplishments.
We want to thank everyone who has patronized Cicero’s over the years. You all have played an integral role in making the restaurant a St. Louis landmark. We would also like to thank all of our employees who made our successes possible. Everyone connected to Cicero’s has had some amazing times; some good, and some bad. We hope that you can appreciate all of those times, and recognize the influence our family had in your life. That would mean the world to us.
If you are interested in continuing the Cicero’s legacy, we are looking for prospective buyers. Please contact Ron Kramer at Kramer Commercial Realty. He can be reached at 314-221-6276.
Until we see you again.
The Jacobs Family
The late Shawn Jacobs opened Cicero’s in 1977 at 6510 Delmar Blvd. in the corner of the building now occupied by Blueberry Hill. Cicero’s offered pizza, toasted ravioli, and other Italian fare, along with independent label beers like Heineken and St. Pauli Girl, that were harder to find in St. Louis at that time than the locally made AB products.
Cicero’s began hosting concerts in their basement bar in 1984. In his Facebook post, Mumma wrote about the history of live performances at Cicero’s, including that first performance by guitarist Buddy Guy that kicked off the basement bar as a performance venue. Since then Cicero’s stage has served as a launching pad for many nationally and internationally famous acts. Mumma credits the bar with making the Loop important to the music industry and fans alike. “The old Basement Bar was an iconic room, introducing many groundbreaking artists in the music industry to the St Louis market and putting the UCity Loop on the musical map,” Mumma said. Some of the acts who’ve performed there over the years include Beck, Ani DiFranco, The Cranberries, The Indigo Girls, They Might Be Giants, and more recently Umphrey’s McGee and Bowling for Soup.
A clip from a 2014 performance by Slow Down Scarlett on the Cicero’s stage.
In 1997 Cicero’s moved a few blocks west from its original location at Delmar Blvd. and Melville Ave. to its current location at 6691 Delmar Blvd (at Kingsland). The new space offered more space for both restaurant and music venue. In the new space, a dessert case was added that became quite popular with Loop visitors. They also built a 50-tap bar (later expanded to 55-taps) and the focus shifted to beer, including the creation of a “beer school” aimed at educating patrons about the art and craft of beer making, and introducing them to new brews.
On a personal note: I have very fond memories of Cicero’s in the 1980s and 90s. It was a favorite dinner stop before the midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Varsity Theater (now Vintage Vinyl), and one of the best places in St. Louis to see a jam band performance. Both the original location and the current spot are thick with memories for many music fans in St. Louis, myself included. This is a real loss to the community.
Owners: Chad Jacobs and Trisha Jacobs
University City Loop
6691 Delmar Blvd.
University City, MO 63130