The Chateau street looks more like the ideal place to open up a machine shop or a trucking company than to buy delicious cupcakes named after Pittsburgh neighborhoods.
But that's what Laura Hatajik and her partner, Keren DeCarlo, have done in the old Fort Pitt Bedding Company in this sliver of the North Side. Once a manufacturing plant, the building now features office space and a slick, modern storefront where the pair sell cupcakes and sandwiches at the Chateau Café and Cakery.
"We did the research, and in this area, we found that there were about 800 employees with nowhere to eat," Hatajik explains. Their newly converted ground-floor space is not only big enough for breakfast and lunch crowds, but can also host special events.
The women, who both came most recently from corporate backgrounds, were introduced through a mutual friend. Hatajik has been baking for years, formerly running a side business out of her home. DeCarlo has formal culinary training and is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Pittsburgh.
Their savory food menu features paninis, salads, wraps and soups, as well as a daily special; this included pizza and burgers on recent afternoons. On the sweet side are cupcakes: a red velvet cupcake called the Downtown; a maple-bacon cupcake known as the Shadyside; and a boozy cupcake made with Blue Moon called the South Side.
"This has been a dream for both of us for a very long time," Hatajik says.