The space vacated by hometown favorite Jenny Lee Bakery in Market Square has two new tenants that may also be familiar names to Pittsburghers with a taste for baked goods -- Prantl's Bakery and Mancini's Bread Co.
In a pairing that gives both bakeries a chance to reach the concentration of Downtown customers while splitting the cost and the risk, each company will take part of the 2,000-square-foot store.
Prantl's, a Shadyside institution, will offer breakfast items as well as cookies, cakes and its popular burnt almond torte, said co-owner Lara Bruhn.
Meanwhile, Nick Mancini Hartner, who owns and operates a retail bread operation in the Strip District that is affiliated with his family's Stowe-based Mancini's Bakery, plans to sell the breads and pepperoni rolls that have kept customers coming back.
"I think our products potentially have a really great synergistic effect," said Mr. Mancini, who was at the Market Square location this morning with Ms. Bruhn as they worked to get the space ready to open in the next week or two.
The two businesspeople concede that opening a new venture during an economic slowdown may not appear to be the best timing but they are hoping the combination of location and pairing with another popular brand will be enough to make the new store a destination for Downtown office workers.
When Jenny Lee closed in August, Nick Nicholas, operator of the Nicholas Coffee Co. on the square and owner of the building that housed the operation, had announced that he was hoping to find another bakery to take the space.
Friday, September 19, 2008 By Teresa Lindeman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette