Nine months after a fire closed it down, a Church Hill bakery is rekindling its ovens.
Evrim Dogu, who founded the business with his sister Evin Dogu and their father, said it has taken almost half a million dollars to bring the 1,440-square-foot bakery and the building it sits in back to life.
Insurance covered most of the renovations, and the business benefitted from grant money and community fundraising.
“We kind of just want to pick up where we left off,” Evrim Dogu said. “We have so much backing, we feel good about coming back to the neighborhood.”
Sub Rosa uses flour made in house and bakes its breads and pastries in wood-fired ovens.
Two benefit events were held for the bakery and the other tenants in the building soon after the fire.
Most of the money raised, about $24,000, went to helping the building’s tenants recover financially from the fire damage.
The building’s three apartments are expected to be complete by March. Dogu and his father own the building.
Between 2011 and 2013, Sub Rosa received $25,000 inSupporting East End Entrepreneurship (SEED) grants from Bon Secours.