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story.lead_photo.caption Jason and Joan Fairfax of Chez Monet in the Missouri State Capitol prepare food for the day's serving in the basement cafe. Chez Monet will be moving into the first floor of the Governor Office Building soon in preparation to reopen there. Photo by Julie Smith / News Tribune.

Leaving its location in the Missouri State Capitol doesn't mean Chez Monet won't offer customers its popular baked goods.

Chez Monet will move out of the Capitol building in mid-December.

Owner Joan Fairfax said she hopes to open Chez Monet inside the Governor Office Building at 200 Madison St. in Jefferson City once the building reopens to the public.

Fairfax announced in April she would open a new Chez Monet location in the Madison Street building. The Governor Office Building is currently closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and it is unknown when the building will reopen.

"It might be soon. It might be six months. It might be a year," Fairfax said. "We'll work on getting it ready, and then we'll just sit and wait."

She plans to serve cookies, cakes and other pastries, along with sandwiches and salads, at the new location.

In the meantime, Chez Monet will continue to operate a commercial bakery from 515 Mulberry St.

"It's not where you go buy a sandwich, but it's where you can order cakes and cookies, things like that," she said.

Fairfax first opened Chez Monet in 1991 on East High Street but closed it in 2013. She operated the business' bakery portion out of her home until reopening Chez Monet inside the Capitol building in 2018.

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