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Graham Central Coffee House and Cafe Perks Up Cranberry

The locally-owned coffee shop opened late last month.

One of Cranberry’s neo-traditional neighborhoods, BelleVue Park already has a mix of homes and retail space, not to mention a prime location next to Cranberry’s popular .

To really tie the new community together, family members of Weaver Master Builders, the developers behind the neighborhood, thought a coffee shop was needed. 

So they made it happen.

On Halloween, the Mars-based Weaver family, patriarch Bill; his wife, Bonnie; their son Chad; and his wife, Tracey, opened Graham Central Coffee House and Café in BelleVue Commons. The café is the second business to join the BelleVue Commons retail space. opened there last year.

“It’s such a new venture for us” said Tracey Weaver, who works in the café as a jack-of-all-trades. “We are so excited for the people and for our staff.” 

Taking its name from the famous Grand Central Station in New York City, as well as its location at the entrance to , Graham Central has a train depot theme.

A coffee table surrounded by oversized leather couches is a wooden train cart. The exposed brick walls feature an enormous clock, and the condiments are placed on another wood train cart. Painted cement floors help to give it that station feel.

A mother of two,Tracey Weaver said her father-in-law, who is an artist and an architect, helped develop the theme for the coffee house. Cindy Reott, a former coffee house manager and a longtime decorator for the Weaver company's model homes, helped with plans.

Reott, who ran a coffee house on the North Side, is the Graham Central manager. The homemade soups and paninis are her brainchild, as are the coffee combinations. Reott, of Butler, also does all of the café’s baking.

“I worked on that menu for five months,” she said.   

Reott said her goal was to create an eclectic mix of hearty sandwiches and vegetarian options. All the ingredients come from local sellers, including breads from Mediterra Bakehouse in Robinson that are so beautiful that Reott sometimes is loathe to cut them, dairy from Marburger Dairy in Evans City and meat from Weiss Provision Company in Pittsburgh’s strip district. After a popular reception on the first few days of business, Reott’s homemade Tomato Basil soup is a house feature. 

“We also have the best Reuben on this side of Pittsburgh,” she said.    

Besides coffees made using gleaming silver Rancillo espresso makers, Graham Central offers lattes, teas, fruit smoothies and protein smoothies for the gym crowd arriving at the café after a workout at Snap Fitness. 

There are six flavors of ice cream for any little league player who craves a snack after a game at Graham Park.

Reott and Tracey Weaver agree the community has embraced their staff of 15. Tracey Weaver noted people on their third or forth trip to the coffee house within a week while Reott is busy memorizing customer names and drink orders.

“Everyone has loved us and said they’ll be back,” she said. “We’re very exited about the coming months.”

Andrea Bosco November 16, 2011 at 03:29 PM
Great story, Jess!
Jessica Sinichak November 16, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Aw, thanks Andrea!
Leslie Uriss Spehar November 17, 2011 at 12:41 AM
I can't wait to try it-- especially the soups and vegetarian options!
Deb Ramage November 17, 2011 at 03:11 AM
OK, Jess, I missed this. NOW I know what & where--even drove past on Rochester on Mon. & wondered what had just opened. I even know Bonnie & Bill Weaver, so I'll definitely stop in.
Lori November 17, 2011 at 03:36 AM
WOW...is all I can say about the coffee at Graham Central!! Thanks for opening this place...it's exacatly what we needed in the neighborhood!! I can't wait to try a smoothie after my next workout!
Tracey November 19, 2011 at 04:29 PM
Thanks Jess!! That was such a nice story about Graham Central! We all love it. :) It was nice meeting you and some of your team from the Patch! Thanks for getting our name out to the community! See you soon... I know you will be back for that Tomato soup!!!
luanne steighner January 11, 2012 at 08:09 PM
My friend and I had lunch there today. I'll definately be back. Had the Tuscan panini & wedding soup. It was awesome. Service was fast & friendly. Reasonably priced too. Nice to see a local family open something different than the usual cookie-cutter restaurants. Best of luck to you!
Sonja Downing February 29, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Ordered a pulled pork and a soup from Graham Central today and when I opened it I couldn't believe my eyes, the pulled pork was not on a bun like before but it was on bread and it was all soggy and I started to eat the soup and there was a thin plastic wrapper on my first spoonful, what the HELL. Never going back there again, don't know what happened to the place, I guess it was too good to be true. Yuck, Yuck, and more Yuck Sonja Downing

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