The owners of Lawrenceville Market House, a former bank located at 4112 Butler Street, are betting dollars against donuts that people will love about their new business. Correction: companies.
Brothers Brian and Irwin Mendelssohn, directors of Botero Development, are opening Oliver’s Donuts, a cafÃ© that will anchor the co-commerce space upstairs at Lawrenceville Market House. When the co-op concept opens in November, it will feature nine businesses selling everything from household items and clothing to food, drink and art.
âWe are delighted that this is a prime location for local businesses,â says Irwin Mendelssohn. âIt exposes them to a larger community in the heart of Lawrenceville. “
Entrepreneurs sign a monthly lease with a minimum occupancy of three months. They can put down roots or use the place as a stepping stone to their own brick and mortar store. Each customizable station varies in size and has a lockable display case. The required hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but owners can also choose to adopt Oliver’s Donuts daily schedule, which is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Named after Brian Mendelssohn’s late cat, the cafe specializes in large donuts. There will be eight kinds of donuts available year round, including four basic flavors – Chocolate Sea Salt, Huckleberry, Vanilla Glaze, and Maple Bacon – as well as a rotating line of seasonal candies.
The Mendelssohns hired pastry chef Erika Bruce, owner of online bakery Le Beau Gateau, to formulate recipes with help from Chatham University’s Regional Center for Agriculture, Food and Processing (CRAFT) . Located on the University’s Eden Hall Farm campus at Gibsonia, CRAFT in Chatham offers programs aimed at fostering change in the food system through support, research, education and intervention.
The all-natural ingredients are as locally sourced as possible and the donuts are fresh all day. The cafe’s logo was designed by the 12-year-old daughter of Brian Mendelssohn’s neighbor. As payment, she receives a free donut with each visit.
Customers can sit inside the cafe, on the back patio, or take an order at the takeout window located on Main Street (near the neon sign).
If you can’t wait until November to try the treats, Oliver’s Donuts will be hosting a pop-up at Lawrenceville Farmers Market on October 5 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Donut lovers can accompany their baking (and other brunch items) with a cup of coffee. Harrisburg-based Elementary Coffee Co. roaster supplies the beans for Oliver’s Donuts and Fulton Commons, the Mendelssohns Kitchen Incubator, Artist Studio and Coworking Space in Manchester. Brian Mendelssohn is also the founder of Row House Cinema and Bierport, located across from Lawrenceville Market House.
Phase II of the Lawrenceville Market House project will include a restaurant and bar on the lower level. The immersive restaurant decor and menu is inspired by the work of director Tim Burton, particularly his film starring a beloved Pittsburgher. Its opening is scheduled for 2022.