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Café owners in Scottdale have a reason to celebrate this year’s Fall Festival

When Melville Petrosky first entered the café in the former Collections by Marty building in Scottdale a few years ago to see a friend’s artwork on display, he had to leave.

Not because he didn’t like the space, but because he loved it.

“I’ve always wanted a coffee shop,” Petrosky said. “There were a lot of things I wanted to do there, and I had to go.”

Even a line of one of his favorite poems was written in Sharpie on the wall, as Petrosky, 50, said of Bill Vernon, referring to a line from TS Eliot’s poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”

“I measured my life with coffee spoons,” the poem reads, befitting Petrosky, who worked for six years at Starbucks in Boston before moving to Seattle, a city synonymous with coffee. He worked for one of the group’s competitors there before returning to Western Pennsylvania in 2020 to help care for sick family members.

“This quote applies to me through my cumulative experience with coffee,” Petrosky said.

When he found out the café was for sale last August, he reached out to his brother and sister-in-law, Jeff and Liz Adams, both 35, of Belle Vernon, and the trio seized the opportunity.

The sale moved quickly over the course of a few weeks and Bad Rabbit Café & Roastery opened at 143 Pittsburgh Street across from Scottdale Gazebo just in time for the city’s fall festival last September.

The store will celebrate its first anniversary this weekend during Festival 2022, which will run from September 16-18. The annual event includes a parade, a display of cars and trucks, sidewalk chalk, and corn hole competitions.

This year’s event will have more sellers than ever before, said Thomas Schegel, head of the Autumn Festival.

Bad Rabbit rushed to the opening in time for last year’s event. Liz Adams signed the papers one morning and had a paintbrush with her that evening.

Daily at least 10-15 people stopped by to see if we needed help or to welcome us into the neighbourhood. “We made the whole community feel welcome from the start,” Jeff Adams said.

While Petrosky is familiar with coffee, his older brother Jeff spent six years as a regional retail manager and oversaw a kitchen at the Ruby Tuesday franchise.

Jeff Adams could still memorize a recipe and method of preparation for one of that chain’s brands, so it was only natural that he would return to food service.

This experience turns out to be useful in the store, where meat is sliced ​​indoors and baked goods are made on the premises.

Jeff Adams said Bad Rabbit sold 236 bacon, ham, and sausage croissants in August, making the breakfast sandwich the most popular menu item with an iced latte far behind.

They also roast their own coffee, which they also sell online and ship across the country.

Liz Adams quit her job as a retail manager and now dedicates all of her time to working in the store and making all kinds of baked goods.

All three are quick to point out that they cannot be as successful as they are without the help of three full-time employees who put together the staff.

One of those employees said she came for coffee one day and fell in love.

“I drive 25 miles from Uniontown to work here,” Lauren Seketi said. “There is nothing like it.”

Another employee, Emily Taxacher of Bullskin, said she has the creative freedom to make and name seasonal brews.

Vampire Blood – nitro red velvet cold drink and white chocolate with a cold red velvet foam – is the most popular at the moment. The Creepy Ghost is her favorite because of the way the sweet, cold ginger foam makes a little “ghost” when added to ginger-lemon iced tea.

The shop, which has air hockey and a pool table, hosts craft events or card games some evenings, along with live music.

“There is something for everyone. Even if you don’t drink coffee, maybe you read books, love music, play games, or love visiting friends,” said Jeff Adams.

Their success is evident as their client base grows.

A man traveled in a backhoe where he parked it in the street while he came to drink his coffee. “The garbage trucks are parked in the morning as the garbage men come,” said Seketi from behind the table. We get almost everyone.”

Dan Siliva is a writer for the Tribune Review. You can contact Dan at [email protected]

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