Classics Bar & Grill has been closed for more than a month. Originally, the closure was due to renovations. There were signs on the doors that said the business was closed for remodeling and would open soon. You could even see paint cans on floors when you peeked in through the front windows of the business.
But last week, there were no remodeling signs. The business just appeared to be closed. Hazelwood Patch reached out to the business by calling its phone number, but it rings until the operator disconnects.
Hazelwood Economic Developer David Cox said the business is indeed closed and out of operation.
"We show Classics as closed on our business license list," he said. "I have not heard from them so not sure why they closed up."
The business has endured a tough couple years. Owner Bill Cameron went before Hazelwood City Council on a few occasions regarding the city's liquor licensing laws, and when the city supported St. Louis County's smoking ban and adopted its own.
On both occasions, he said the changes were greatly effecting his business. In March 2012, Cameron anticipated not being open much longer than an additional three months if council didn't help him keep his liquor license. At the time he said his business was having a difficult time reaching the requirements Hazelwood has in place for any restaurant that sells liquor seven days a week, and that is to have at least 50 percent of gross income derive from food sales. To view the city's law on alcohol sales click here.
Cameron said his bar was not selling that much food and that he could not raise food prices to meet the percentage requirements. The city did grant him a 90-day temporary liquor license last summer when his expired in order to give him time to show improvement in food sales.
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