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By tony dobrowolski, the berkshire eagle PITTSFIELD — for residents of the morningside neighborhood, the long lost smell of fresh baked goods will soon return.

Some five years after the popular morningside bakery closed, the owner of dottie’s coffee lounge on north street is planning to open a new bakery on tyler street, just across the street from the old bakery site.

The appropriately named tyler and pine, which opened this weekend, is located at 339 tyler st. On the northeast side of the intersection. Morningside bakery, which opened in 1983, was located at 283 tyler st. In a small shopping complex on the other side of pine street.

Rufo, who opened dottie’s in 2007, said her new venture will be "predominately a sweet bakery." daily offerings will include doughnuts, muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls and biscuits.


She also plans to bake italian bread, but only on saturdays.

"We will have fresh cookies every day and cupcakes and cannolis and eclairs," she said. "It’s kind of a hybrid of a modern pastry with some traditional classics."

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Rufo, who moved back to the berkshires 11 years ago after eight years of working and studying in boston and new york city, never visited the morningside bakery.

"It kind of missed me," she said. Replacing that popular spot is "like trying to fill mystery shoes," she said. "I don’t know what shoes I’m filling."

"Given tyler street and everything that surrounds it, it’s really important to me that this feels like a neighborhood spot where everyone who is living around here is represented and welcome, and that they have a place to get something that makes them happy and comfortable," rufo said. "Something that’s bright and literally lights up the neighborhood."

The morningside bakery’s demise is still visible along the main commercial thoroughfare in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods because the old bakery’s sign was never taken down. It’s still rests above a vacant storefront, a reminder of what used to be.Morningside bakery

" I think it was important to the entire city, not just the neighborhood," said councilor at large peter white of the old bakery. White grew up in morningside, and has previously represented the area on the city council..

"I think it’s been missed," white said. "If anybody asks what do you want to see on tyler street the first thing that comes up is a bakery," white said. "I hope tyler & pine can fill that void.

"It’s kind of like one of those things we had in every neighborhood; the bakeries and the corner stores," he added. "It makes the whole neighborhood fresher."

"What we do at dottie’s is great but our kitchen is to tiny that we couldn’t really elaborate or experiment too much because we were making breakfast and lunch," she said.

"At that point, I really had to decide what that kitchen wanted to be dedicated to," she said. "Am I going to buy another baking oven, or am I going to make it easier and faster to get our breakfast and lunch items out.Morningside bakery so I chose to expand on the baking at a different location and kind of give it it’s own space and expansion."

"It’s buy stuff and go," she said. "In the summer I think we’ll set up some tables for out front. So people can hang out a little bit if they want. But the concentration here is really just service. There will not be any table seating."

Rufo almost opened a second dottie’s in north adams in 2010, when she considered moving into the downtown space vacated by the former cup & saucer. But she changed her mind after the project became too expensive.

This time, tyler and pine is located in the space formerly occupied by V’s laundromat, which has moved to the other side of tyler street. The building is owned by rufo’s stepfather, ed vella jr. She’s spent about $100,000 renovating the space.

Tyler and pine will have three employees in addition to rufo; only one employee is part-time.Morningside bakery she refers to her new venture as the "little sister" of dottie’s.

She resisted the urge to put dottie’s in her new venture’s name because it doesn’t serve the same kind of food the north street spot does. "It would be really confusing," she said.

"Actually, there is sort of this strange stigma at dottie’s that we’re like this fancy place," rufo said. "There’s a lot of people that grew up here who don’t come to dottie’s because they think that it’s this untouchable thing for like elites. And, our biggest selling thing is bacon, egg and cheese on a bagel. It couldn’t really be any less intimidating than that. So I’ve always sort of struggled with that at dottie’s, trying to figure out how to be more approachable."

"Everybody keeps coming in and saying they’re just grateful to have another bakery and hoping it’s like morningside (bakery) in some way." she said. "That’s why we’re tyler and pine because this is our cross street and this is our neighborhood."