Pergolas have been around for a long time. "Pergola" originated in Late Latin, meaning projecting eave. Traditionally, pergolas are covered with woody, twisting vines. The word first appeared in Italian in 1645. The above wooden pergola is located just outside Cheesecakes by Alex at 315 South Elm Street. Owner/baker Alex Amoroso is usually on-site making cheesecakes or consulting with clients. You can be pretty sure that if he is sitting under this pergola, he is working- possibly helping someone choose from the approximately twenty flavors. And when you created the recipes, even eating the finished product is working!
There is a good chance that Alex and his loyal customers will have to sacrifce this location and pergola as the Weaver Investment Company will likely build an office building on the vacant lot they own, beside the pergola. Cheesecakes by Alex has been around since 2002. Let's hope they are they remain downtown for another decade or two- at least. In the meantime, you'll have plenty of nice days this summer and fall to eat a slice of cheesecake and check out the view from the pergola.