On June 24th, Sherris Moreira of Burgh Bits and Bites gave a tour of Lower Lawrenceville (affectionately called “LOLA” by the locals) to a group of about 30 Summer Program interns!
Burgh Bits and Bites sponsored this tour gave us an abbreviated tour of their larger Lawrenceville Food Tour.
The tour started at the Doughboy Statue that sits at the point where Penn Avenue and Butler Street splits.
We got to sample cookies and banana bread at Dozen Bake Shop.
**Editor’s Note** Dozen Bake Shop went out of business shortly after this blog post was written.
…and some more treats at Espresso a Mano
Sherris pointed out a lot of the history of Lawrenceville including the old Round Corner Hotel – which is now Round Corner Cantina that serves delicious Mexican fare; Arsenal Middle School (which is named Arsenal because this is the site where the Allegheny Arsenal once stood. Allegheny Arsenal was one of the largest manufacturing centers for the Union Army during the Civil War and many of the employees were women. An explosion that occurred in 1862 killed almost 100 people.
You can see Arsenal Middle School in the background of the picture below.
A special thank you to Alma Roberts (former RIC Marketing Intern Extraordinaire – pictured below) for telling us all about the CitiParks “Cinema in the Park,” which takes place at Arsenal Park!
We ended at new and trendy Eclipse Lounge, that had hummus and pita waiting for us!
A HUGE THANK YOU to Sylvia and Sherris at Burgh Bits and Bites for sponsoring this event!
For more information on how to schedule your Lawrenceville Burgh Bits and Bites Food Tour, or many of the other historic neighborhood tours they offer, visit their website