The Bar Les Frères will open under a new owner

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The French restaurant closed in March 2020 once the COVID-19 pandemic began.

CLAYTON, Mo. – Michael and Tara Gallina, along with their business partner, Aaron Martinez, purchased Bar Les Frères from restaurateur Zoe Robinson through their Take Root Hospitality (TRH) group.

Robinson closed the French restaurant, located at 7637 Wydown Blvd. in Clayton, in March 2020, once the Covid-19 pandemic started. In November, Robinson announced that she was selling all of her restaurants (I Fratellini, Billie Jean and Bar Les Freres) to Susan Barrett, owner of art consultancy Barrett Barrera Projects. According to officials, this deal did not work out and TRH purchased the restaurant directly from Robinson. Terms of the deal were not shared.

TRH plans to keep the restaurant’s name and most of its menu when it opens in June, officials said. Bar Les Frères French classics like gougères (French cheese puff pastries), oysters and French 75s will remain on the menu, but new dishes like chilled seafood, salads, charcuterie and cheese will be added.

“We have so much respect for the former owner of Bar Les Frères, Zoe Robinson, who was a pioneer in the community and built a wonderful restaurant with such a loyal clientele,” Tara Gallina said in a statement. “We are honored and thrilled that she has entrusted us with the task of carrying the torch and bringing this beloved institution back.”

Once open, the restaurant will focus on wine, which will be led by Beverage Director Kara Flaherty. Patrick Fallwell will fill the position of head chef, leaving his role as cook at Vicia to do so. Chefs Michael Gallina and Aaron Martinez will oversee all culinary elements. Christina Schlicht will take on the role of Managing Director.

Read the full article on the St. Louis Business Journal website.

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