Greensburg’s Dv8 cafe gets ‘shot in the arm’ with new owner

Drink a Mexican Volcano and you never know what might happen.

Zack Dreskler went from being the signature drink at Dv8 Espresso Bar & Gallery in Greensburg to owning the place.

A longtime customer, Dreskler took over from former owners Kim and Patricia Elliott-Rentler in early April.

The couple, who bought the store in 2017, had been thinking about selling for some time but were not actively pursuing a sale. Kim ran the shop, while Patricia works as a lawyer.

They promised original owner Terri Barrill that “we would only sell to someone who maintained the spirit of Dv8, the Brooklyn-Seattle vibe,” Kim said. “We wanted them to keep the local name, art and flair.”

“I love the word ‘iconic’,” Patricia said. “Dv8 has its own little demographic.”

They were talking with regular customers and friends of the sale when serendipity took over.

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Zack Dreskler (left) recently purchased Dv8 Espresso Bar & Gallery in Greensburg from Kim and Patricia Elliot-Rentler.

“Zack was a customer for many years,” Kim said. “He was the perfect person. He had the experience and he’s young, and that’s what this city needs.

Dreskler, 32, who grew up locally and lives near Dv8 in downtown Greensburg, has a degree in hospitality management from Indiana University in Pennsylvania.

He was previously sous-chef at J. Corks in Greensburg and manager of the now closed Brasserie du Soleil in Hempfield.

“My parents were small business owners, and I always wanted to have a small business in downtown Greensburg,” Dreskler said. “I wanted to take off the chef’s coat and go back to the house to talk to people, that’s what I like to do.

“I like to see someone’s face when they take a bite or drink the coffee and smile,” he said. “I find that very gratifying.”

A new era

Dreskler started getting takeout coffee from Dv8 during the pandemic with his girlfriend, Michelle Mason, who is a friend of Patricia Elliott-Rentler.

“We were very used to it; we used to come in for coffee every day,” said Dreskler, who noted that coffee was never part of her daily routine before.

With its signature blend of Mexican spiced chocolate, espresso and steamed milk, he said, “the Mexican volcano got me hooked.”

While Dreskler said he intends to keep Dv8’s coffee and tea menu, local art on the walls and a return to live music on the back patio, he’s planning some changes when he will feel more established and have the capital.


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Dv8 Espresso Bar & Gallery in Greensburg has an updated facade, courtesy of new owner Zack Dreskler (right), seen with former owners Patricia and Kim Elliott-Rentler.

There’s already a streamlined new look to the facade of the building at 208 S. Pennsylvania Ave. The Brian McCall coffee cup sculpture, a longtime fixture, was removed and given to a former barista.

“My main focus is setting up a small kitchen and baking,” Dreskler said.

He has a recipe for New York-style bagels that he can’t wait to try, but in the meantime, he’ll continue to serve local baked goods. The drinks come from Prestogeorge Coffee & Tea in Pittsburgh’s Strip District.

For Kim, selling Dv8 means retiring and taking the time to pursue her interest in photography. In June, Patricia will transition from full-time to part-time legal practice. They plan several annual trips to a condo they recently purchased in Belize.

“It’s the end of an era and the start of a new one,” said Patricia.

“(Dv8) needed a shot in the arm to make it a destination for people to come here,” Kim said. “It’s a special case of the business district. You only get a limited number of pedestrians from the library and the post office.

“Zack is young and he has good ideas. We really want him to succeed.

For now, Dreskler runs the place on his own with help, as needed, from family and friends.

“I like to be active, but my goal is to be busy enough that I can’t do it myself,” he said.

Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, although the shop is closed Monday and Tuesday for some repairs and spring cleaning. The premises accept dogs.

For more information, visit Dv8 Espresso Bar & Gallery on Facebook.

Shirley McMarlin is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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