Jitters Lake Superior Coffee & Tea House is no more. New sister-brother owners Katina and Pauly Petsoulis took over in February and launched a name change last weekend. The new Lake Superior Bakehouse at 102 W. Superior St. promises “small-batch baked goods all from scratch and small-batch house-roasted coffees.”
Although the look of the space is changing and the variety of baked goods and other foods expanding, Katina notes one thing will stay the same.
“A lot of Jitters regulars were loyal to the coffee,” she said. “We have the same roaster, Jesse Bamford.”
A Duluth native, Katina spent her collegiate years in the Twin Cities, where she also baked professionally. She said she grew up baking in a Greek family and plans to eventually offer Greek brunches or a Greek dinner night at the Bakehouse. (Duluth hasn’t had a Greek restaurant since the Grapevine closed in 2010.)
Much of the ambiance of Jitters has been stripped out. The racks of periodicals are gone. The fountain with the turtle is gone. The walls are bare. Katina said local art will be hung soon, with new works shown each month.
As for the baked goods, Katina said she has been experimenting and will keep adding to the menu as she sees how people respond.
A grand opening event for Lake Superior Bakehouse is planned for Aug. 8.
Gary Houdak, who had a nearly 17-year run as owner of Jitters, is retiring.
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