About McArthur’s Bakery Café
McArthur’s Bakery Café is one of St. Louis’ iconic names when you think about bakeries and sweet treats. We have been producing traditional bakery goods such as cakes, donuts, gooey butter cakes, pies, petifores, stollens, and seasonal holiday items for 60 years, using age-old recipes and techniques. We also have a wide selection of European pastries, gourmet cupcakes, and various flavors of cheesecakes.
In an era when nearly 2,000 bakeries dotted the corners of neighborhoods throughout St. Louis, Donald McArthur purchased a local bakery in 1956 on the corner of Arco Avenue and Tower Grove Avenue in what is now known as The Grove neighborhood. With so many other bakeries in the area, Donald used long-time recipes and fresh ingredients to help him create a niche by focusing on delicious and elegantly designed party cakes and wedding cakes, all while still creating traditional bakery items including the local St. Louis icon, the gooey butter cake.
As the corner bakery began to disappear over the years, McArthur’s Party Cake Bakery grew on the reputation of being St. Louis’ first name in party cakes and wedding cakes. In 1976, second generation baker Randy McArthur took over McArthur’s Party Cake Bakery and began the first reinvention of the bakery by moving it to the Lemay neighborhood in South St. Louis County. As a part of this move, McArthur’s Party Cake Bakery transitioned into McArthur’s Bakery. This transition into a full-service and complete offerings bakery moved McArthur’s Bakery into a destination place for St. Louisans for all of their baked good needs. By the early 2000s, McArthur’s Bakery became one of the largest independent bakeries in the Midwest, operating three retail locations in St. Louis.
In 2014, McArthur’s Bakery transitioned to new owners Sheila and Scott Rinaberger upon Randy’s retirement from the bakery. The Rinabergers believed the future of McArthur’s Bakery was bright with the bakery’s great reputation, great product, and most importantly, all the great people who were part of the McArthur’s Bakery family.
Today, McArthur’s Bakery is embarking on its next reinvention as McArthur’s Bakery Café with the addition of fresh, casual food items to complement the traditional baked goods and cakes McArthur’s has been known for the past 60 years. The addition of the new items, the conversion of our locations into cozy neighborhood cafes, and the addition of more locations, which makes our legendary products more accessible, will assure that the McArthur’s name will continue to be associated with the bakery heritage of St. Louis.
As the years have passed and generations of customers have entered through our doors, St. Louis families continue to choose McArthur’s Bakery Café’s products to be part of their celebrations and traditions. We look forward to being a part of your family’s celebrations for years to come.