Phoenixville cafe owners’ idea for a second catering business turns into reality


Laura Vernola and Amanda Barros cooking in the kitchen

Image via Donna Rovins, Daily Local News.

Laura Vernola, owner of Mont Clare Deli & Market, right, with kitchen manager Amanda Barros.

Laura Vernola and her husband Ed Simpson have run the Steel City Coffeehouse and Brewery in Phoenixille for six years. Their newest business came to life amid the pandemic in the village of Mont Clare, writes Donna Rovins for the Daily local news.

The process of securing the site of the former Eagles Nest Deli and opening a second business was not easy. While the couple may have wanted to go cold turkey along the way, fundraising for a nonprofit and business planning got them to the groundbreaking stage last April.

Renamed Mont Clare Deli & Market, the menu features sandwiches named after surrounding communities, as well as entrees such as sausages, lasagna, pulled pork and sides. Some of the more recent changes include the addition of online ordering and a ‘drop and go’ restaurant option.

“We try to source products from Pennsylvania, as well as products from women- and family-owned businesses,” Vernola said.

Vernola and Simpson said they have many plans underway to extend hours of operation, outdoor seating and the possibility of a farmers market.

Learn more about Mont Clare Deli & Market in the Daily local news.

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