Eclipse falling on Fern Street

Local chocolatier seeping like molten morsels into South Park

After spending the past half-decade in North Park, http://www.eclipsechocolat.com">Eclipse Chocolat is moving to South Park. In doing so, owner Will Gustwiller will be taking over a 4,000 square foot space that is a whopping four times larger than Eclipse 1.0. That’s certainly cause for celebration. At least Gustwiller thinks so.

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https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/01/30/Will_G_t500x583.jpg?7e2b10ec386edb8cf8ed172091c65673ac43c420">Eclipse owner Will Gustwiller by Brandon Hernández

This Saturday, February 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. visitors to the new Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro (2145 Fern Street, South Park) can simultaneously check out the new place and participate in activities including a build-a-bar workshop, and a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory costume contest. They can also watch as eight platinum ticket holders (ala Wonka, the tickets were hidden in limited edition Eclipse chocolate bars) vie for $25,000 in prizes.

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/30/39254/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/01/30/EC_bar_in_progress_t450x600.jpg?d95e2933beadacc21e8ab9c8bf74e16db8c2726a" alt="The work-in-progress bar should be polished off and spiffed up by this weekend's grand opening.">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/01/30/EC_bar_in_progress_t450x600.jpg?d95e2933beadacc21e8ab9c8bf74e16db8c2726a">The work-in-progress bar should be polished off and spiffed up by this weekend's grand opening. by Brandon Hernández

Now, I’m all about the food and think highly of Eclipse’s sweets (if I didn’t, I wouldn’t bother writing about the company’s move or its grand opening), but when I see five figures’ worth of possible winnings I feel compelled to include a few sentences about said prizes. Especially considering one prize is a lifetime supply of chocolate. Holders of platinum tickets will compete in chocolate-themed competitions for the chance to secure a 20-year “chocolate allowance” that translates to an ounce a day over that span.

http://sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2013/jan/30/39256/">https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/01/30/build_a_benedict_t500x273.jpg?82e4c2f77829c4b6ce56d7e10e140d43e8a199d8" alt="The new Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro will feature build-a-Benedict option">

https://media.sandiegoreader.com/img/photos/2013/01/30/build_a_benedict_t500x273.jpg?82e4c2f77829c4b6ce56d7e10e140d43e8a199d8">The new Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro will feature build-a-Benedict option by Brandon Hernández

Beyond the grand opening, Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro will feature an expanded menu including vegan and gluten-free options and a seasonal sweet-and-savory brunch served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends. The latter will become a daily offering beginning in March. What will be available from the get-go are local craft beer and West Coast wines. Chocolate meets chocolate stout. Wonka would approve. And even if he wouldn’t, thankfully Gustwiller does.

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