On a chilly morning in November, 1978, David Braverman opened the window of an old school bus he had converted to a food vending truck and greeted the first LeBus customer.
David had home-roasted beef for sandwiches, fresh baked blueberry muffins, and hot coffee for students at the University of Pennsylvania.
With no formal culinary training other than what he had learned from his restauranteur father, David forged his business with three guiding principles: make everything from scratch, use the best ingredients, and try everything.
LeBus was an immediate hit. The lines grew and David was inspired to add more and more to the menu. Salads were invented, exotic soups concocted, and the first LeBus breads were baked in the small propane oven on the bus.
As the seasons came and went, LeBus’s reputation for the best sandwiches, soups, and entrees grew. Driven by his love of baking, David traveled around the U.S.A and Europe to absorb knowledge he needed to bring the great breads of the world to Philadelphia.
Todd Carmichael and Jean Philippe Iberti, founders of La Colombe, discovered a passion for European coffee roasters over thirty years ago while working in coffee and attending school in Seattle. In early 1994 the pair set up shop in Philadelphia and unveiled their first four flagship Classic Blends to rave reviews.
Today, after twenty years of setting higher and higher standards, the pair continue to champion coffee as part of the culinary experience, from coast to coast, with their trademark unapologetic devotion to the kitchen and not trend – the place where taste always trumps novelty.
All of our bread, bagels, and pastries are baked fresh everyday from the LeBus Bakery in Philadelphia.
All of our sandwiches are served on local artisan bread delivered fresh everyday from the LeBus Bakery in Philadelphia.