Just over two years ago, Amber Jones realized a dream when she and her husband Jason were able to purchase a historic building in downtown Covington, fix it up, move in to the upper floors, and open a bakery on the first floor. As time progressed, so did Jones’ family and she was forced with making the difficult decision of closing up shop.
Not long after, Jones was in contact with another family-driven entrepreneur interested in operating a bakery out of the 1,000-square-foot space at 212 W. Pike Street.
Bread & Spice along Pike Street in downtown Covington. Photograph by Jake Mecklenborg for UrbanCincy.
“After looking at several restaurant and bakery locations available in Kentucky and Cincinnati, Dawn, my wife, and I decided we really preferred this location,” explained Daniel Tinney, owner of Bread & Spice. “We have both always enjoyed the look and style of older buildings, and we liked the positive neighborhood spirit we found here.”
Daniel operates Bread & Spice with his wife Dawn, and says that the two have waited long enough to pursue a mutual dream of theirs to open a café.
“Through my 20s and 30s I experimented with a variety of cuisines from around the world. I enjoyed savory, slightly spice food, and I learned how to cook them through trial and error,” Daniel told UrbanCincy. “I have been a vegetarian since age 15, and I have often found the options available to vegetarians dining out were either clearly an afterthought, or prepared in a rather bland way.”
To counter that, Daniel explains, that Bread & Spice features a multifaceted menu with a primary focus on vegetarian food that is savory and flavorful.
The Tinney’s celebrated the café’s grand opening on May 9, 2012, and have signed a one-year lease with an option to renew. Bread & Spice is currently open Monday through Friday from 7am to 3pm, Saturday from 8am to 3pm, and is closed on Sundays.
In addition to savory vegetarian options, Daniel notes that the café offers pour-over coffee and baked goods prepared at the store by his wife.