Taking Care of Business: A Sweet Start

Pooler restaurant, The Chocolate Martini Bar, has seen early success after opening in 2020

Taking Care of Business: A Sweet Start

POOLER, Ga. (WTOC) - One Pooler business which got its start during the pandemic is now thriving. The restaurant, which centers around a popular dessert seems to have found a sweet spot in their new community.

But the first thing you should know about the Chocolate Martini Bar in Pooler is that its looks, or more accurately its name, can be deceiving.

“There’s a lot of people that come in, ‘Oh, you guys have food also? I thought it was just chocolate, just dessert?’ No, we have everything,” said bar manager Ryan Baker.

Although the name isn’t completely misleading, “Obviously we have a lot of chocolate and a lot of martinis also. A lot of chocolate martinis,” he said.

A seemingly perfect business model, one that was just too sweet for Baker, a D.C. native, to resist.

“It’s a very unique concept and the opportunity to manage a restaurant like this with this awesome concept, coming down to Pooler and doing this is really a dream,” he said.

While the drinks are dangerously delicious, “the concept behind the drinks is for it not to taste like alcohol,” according to Baker.

And the food certainly holds its own.

“Most people don’t know that we have food. They think it’s strictly a dessert place and we can showcase that we have great food here on top of the dessert, like, it really stands out,” says sous-chef Shane Moon, a Savannah native. “I’ve always wanted to be a chef since I was a little boy. That’s always been my dream.”

Living out his dream doing what he loves, and giving back to those who he loves.

“I just love pleasing the community. I love cooking. That’s my favorite thing to do ever. I love using this place to just make people happy. It’s a great place to be in,” said Moon.

It would appear others have started to take notice.

“It’s steadily increasing every week. We see more people coming out. People telling their friends, their family and everyone’s coming out. It’s been a great time for not just the staff but for the customers, for everyone really,” said Baker.

The Chocolate Martini Bar’s owner, Maurice Gilliard, says things have been so busy that at one point they actually had a wait of more than three hours.

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