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Bed-Stuy Eatery Baron's Opens with Oyster Happy Hour, Whole-Animal Cooking

By Camille Bautista | August 12, 2015 4:59pm
 Baron's, a new restaurant at 564 DeKalb Ave., will offer a $9 oyster happy hour.
Baron's, a new restaurant at 564 DeKalb Ave., will offer a $9 oyster happy hour.
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BEDFORD-STYUVESANT — A new eatery is taking over the former Dekalb Restaurant space while keeping the business in the family.

Owners Mark Fahrer and Vitorio Bar will debut Baron’s on Thursday at 564 DeKalb Ave., a farm-to-table eatery offering $9 oyster happy hours, a selection of whiskey and whole-animal cooking. 

Mark Fahrer, who operates his own catering service, took the reins after his son, Stefan Fahrer, closed Dekalb Restaurant.

The elder restaurateur cited “inconsistences” with service and staff for the former eatery's shuttering.

Baron’s takes its name from Baron Johann de Kalb, a major general killed in combat during the Revolutionary War.

While the rustic décor of the space will remain the same, with windows from an old hospital and repurposed church pews, the menu has completely changed under Bar.

He’ll be doing nose-to-tail cooking with whole pigs and lambs, and burger meat will be ground on site, Fahrer said. Sausages, salamis, mayonnaise and sauces are also prepared in-house, and vegetables are grown on the building’s rooftop.


A Moroccan-style Merguez sausage sandwich from Baron's. Photo credit: DNAinfo/Camille Bautista

Entrees will be $20 and lower, and customers can stop by on weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m. for the happy hour special, which includes six oysters and a beer for $9.

For visitors looking for a good drink, the bar specializes in whiskey and single malt scotch, according to Fahrer.

“We’re trying to hit on all cylinders and make it as much as an institution as a place where people can come and enjoy, meet each other, and hang out,” he said.

The eatery will start serving brunch in a few weeks, and plans are in the works to add on breakfast and lunch in coming months, Fahrer added.

Baron’s is open for dinner from 5 p.m. to midnight starting Aug. 13 at 564 DeKalb Ave. For more information, visit the restaurant’s website here.