The Chocolate Gallery Café is the pride and
joy of Chuck and Cathy LaBash, who opened their doors in the late winter
of 1993, and have been serving breakfast and lunch to loyal patrons
The idea for the Chocolate Gallery
Café started back in 1983 when Cathy began creating artisanal
handmade chocolates in their home. It took only one bite before people
fell in love with her premium chocolates and starting hiring them
to make other desserts, hors d'oeuvres and cater full dinner parties.
As demand increased and they outgrew their home kitchen, Chuck and
Cathy saw a business opportunity to open their own restaurant and
share their expertise and love for hand-prepared meals with a larger
community. After a long search, they found the perfect little spot
tucked away in Warren, Michigan, which has been the home to The Chocolate
Gallery Café ever since.
Their business grew to not only
the kind of quaint haven where customers became weekly regulars who
felt like family, but also an award-winning catering service that
has received numerous metro Detroit accolades
and media attention. The Chocolate Gallery Café is a weekly
destination for breakfast, brunch or lunch for local business patrons,
because people know they will not only enjoy a great meal, but will
also be welcomed with warmth and top-notch service.
Chuck and Cathy get great satisfaction
from seeing familiar faces visit the Café, craving a favorite:
Hungarian Mushroom Soup or Strawberry Stuffed French Toast. This made
it all the more difficult to temporarily close their doors when Cathy
was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. As a family run
restaurant, they decided to maintain the catering business, but that
it was important to focus on Cathy's health and close the dining room.
They continued to receive daily cards, phone calls and visits from
patrons who had become family to them, wondering when the Café
would open its doors again.
With Cathy fully recovered a year
later, they could not wait to get back to doing what they loved. On
Mother's Day 2003, The Chocolate Gallery Café reopened and
had loyal guests wrapped around the building waiting patiently for
a bite of their memorable menu. As Cathy went out to greet each person
and apologize for having to wait an hour or more, she was taken aback
when their response was "we didn't wait an hour, we waited a
The Chocolate Gallery Café
is now open Thursday through Sunday for breakfast, lunch and desserts.
After over 11 years in business, they are recognized as a local must-do
eating destination in metro Detroit and have the honor of being named
Detroit's "A list" Best Breakfast, AOL's "City'sbest"
for Best Desserts, WDIV Channel 4's "4TheBest" Best Breakfast.
They also continue to cater for top corporate clients and have even
been hired to cater for several Michigan-based film crews, including
Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino.
We hope you stop by for a taste!
- Chuck & Cathy