Dining With Denise Neil

Old Town bar has closed to the public, now has a new purpose

If you’ve driven past Gianni Bacci’s in the evening and noticed that it was dark, there’s a reason.

The speakeasy bar at 301 N. Washington St. that former Taste and See owner Steven Bacci opened with chef Jason Febres in 2015, has closed to the public.

But Bacci said he’s still renting it out for private functions.

“It’s sort of a low-key, intimate yet casual and comfortable venue,” Bacci said. “We’re mostly doing family dinners, wedding rehearsal dinners, company functions and birthday parties.”

Bacci said he’s also now accepting bookings for holiday parties. Those interested should call 316-641-0209 or e-mail steven@giannibaccis.com.

In December, Bacci also closed his Taste and See restaurant across the street at 255 N. Washington. Febres had led the kitchen there since it opened in 2013. Bacci said at the time that he wanted to devote more time to his large family, which includes eight children.

Febres took a job with a local food distributor but would occasionally put on special dinners at Gianni Bacci’s. He also hires himself out for private dinners through his business Rent the Chef.

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