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Companion Baking to close Maryland Heights cafe

The Maryland Heights location will be converted to an expanded bakery production facility.

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. – Companion Baking announced Tuesday that it will be closing its Maryland Heights cafe after service on Friday, after which founder and owner Josh Allen and his team will renovate the space to support the bakery’s manufacturing activity .

The space, located at 2331 Schuetz Road, is owned by Allenpride LLC, which is connected to Allen, according to county and state records.

The Maryland Heights site will be converted into an expanded bakery production facility to “meet the demands of the rapidly growing manufacturing side of Companion’s business,” according to a press release on Tuesday.

In early 2016, Allen moved his company’s headquarters from the Dutchtown neighborhood of St. Louis to the 41,000 square foot space on Schuetz Road after a $5 million construction to house a cafe and its bakery operations. .

Companion’s Maryland Heights location, which he calls his West St. Louis cafe, was closed for 18 months during the pandemic before reopening last September.

“We love breaking bread with our community, so this was an extremely difficult decision to make,” Allen said in a press release Tuesday. “West St. Louis Cafe and its wonderful staff are close to our hearts, but we believe it is the best choice for our team to meet the needs of our customers both in St. Louis and around the world. all the countries.”

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

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