Baked goods are back at 335 Main St. in Latrobe.
Four months after its grand opening, Rachelle’s 15650 is moving away from sandwiches and looking back to its historical roots. It will now serve as a bakery like its 19th century predecessor – Mailey’s Bakery – a city flagship which was in the same building.
Operated by students from Saint Vincent College, Rachelle’s will sell cookies, cinnamon rolls, scones and Texas-style kolaches – a sweet pastry filled with sausage, cheese and optional jalapenos. The breakfast sandwich and the make-your-own grilled cheese option will remain on the menu.
Rachelle’s will continue to serve as a cafe, according to Saint Vincent manager and senior Matthew Minkin.
“Bakeries are becoming such a focal point in cities, and we’re excited to try to be that for Latrobe,” Minkin said. “(As students at Saint Vincent…it’s really important for us to establish a connection between ourselves and the community.”
Store owner John Baran has been planning to open the bakery since Rachelle opened, Minkin said. The Rachelle team knows and appreciates the rich history and importance of the building.
“We are happy to be able to maintain this tradition,” said Minkin.
Baran spent more than a year restoring the building to its quaint, small-town charm. Parts of the building’s original facade and floor are visible to Rachelle’s customers as they walk through its doors.
Jarod Trunzo, executive director of the Latrobe Community Revitalization Program, credited Rachelle with gracing Mailey’s building and purpose. He said preservation coincided directly with advancement in towns such as Latrobe.
“Not only did the owner bring back the original facade, but he brought back a lot of what the original business was, which is very rare,” Trunzo said. “Historic preservation is not something independent of economic development. He’s the driver.
Rachelle’s is open 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9am-3pm Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.