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The Chocolate Bar Melts?

I heard a rumor that The Chocolate Bar has closed. Can anyone out there in blogland confirm that?

If it's true, Blake Brokaw's Simple Syrup empire is down to two venues (from four). Can't we have nice things?

Update: It's worse than I thought. According to an email from a certain AP-award-winning journalist mentioned below, The Chocolate Bar is closed and so is LO. He says Tangerine is also gone or on its way out.

Update #2: The Commonspace scooped the Post. From Deb Peterson's column:

WISH AVE.: Blake Brokaw has closed his club Lo, and is set to close Tangerine on Saturday. Tangerine, a bar and restaurant, was set to mark its eight-year anniversary on Wash Ave. (aka Washington Avenue). Both places were considered linchpins of the hip area's redevelopment. Word is that the same fate is in store for Brokaw's "The Chocolate Bar" on Park Avenue in Lafayette Square.

Remember kids, you heard it here first.

Posted under Business District by Brian Marston on Mon., Jun 7, 2004 at 10:34 PM


Is it true that Tangerine closed?

Before Rue 13, it was the only place on Wash Ave. I would go. I haven't been to Rue in 6? months, Tangerine over a year.

[Posted by Butler Miller on Tue., Jun 8, 2004 at 11:11 AM]

At a time when the neighborhood is growing and new restaurants are slated all over, and Tangerine's outdoor seating is packed every time I go by, why on earth would they close?

[Posted by hans on Tue., Jun 8, 2004 at 3:07 PM]

Yeah - don't know about Chocolate Bar - but Tangerine seems to do pretty well. Ditto Lo on Friday and Saturday.

[Posted by matt on Tue., Jun 8, 2004 at 7:30 PM]

Fox 2 just aired a little segment with Matt from Tangerine. I guess they are blaming the expansion,
gas prices, etc. What a sad, sad day:( So is Blake going to stick around or is he heading for higher ground?

[Posted by Sarah Rodhouse on Fri., Jun 11, 2004 at 7:05 AM]

I have heard that they were behind on the sales tax receipts getting to the state. That will put you out of business right quick.

That will make it harder, if not economically unfeasible, for someone to operate under the same liquor licenses as, I believe, the sales tax obligation follows the license.

[Posted by Butler Miller on Tue., Jun 15, 2004 at 2:06 PM]

As of the end of August, the Chocolate Bar was still open, because I was there on like the 24th......yummy!!

[Posted by amy on Fri., Sep 23, 2005 at 12:01 AM]

The Chocolate Bar re-opened under new ownership and a slightly new name (Baileys' Chocolate Bar). Their website is at http://www.baileyschocolatebar.com/

[Posted by Brian Marston on Fri., Sep 23, 2005 at 9:52 AM]

Does anyone know what happened to Brokaw or where he can be reached?

[Posted by Greg Koeller on Wed., Nov 2, 2005 at 3:42 PM]

I heard the Blake's doing something in Forest Park Southeast area soon.

[Posted by Cookie H. on Thu., Dec 15, 2005 at 3:08 PM]

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