What do you think of when you hear the name Servatii? For many people it invokes feelings of warmth, home, and memories. It is a name that resonates deeply within the communities of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. When you walk into one of the store fronts you are immediately hit with the aromas of the baked goods that will travel to homes all across the city. It is a name that is steeped with history. It is a name that invites you to learn and know more about baking.
Servatii is one of the oldest bakeries in Cincinnati. It was founded by Wilhelm Gottenbusch, a German immigrant that came to the United States after traveling around the world on and international freighter. In 1963, Wilhelm opened his first bakery on Observatory Avenue in Hyde Park. In a one man shop, with a bakery in the back, he made a name for himself by focusing on one thing- quality. Focusing on the quality of his products, Wilhelm and his family have expanded and grown over the last 50 plus years.
Wilhelm brought the traditions of his father and grandfather over from Muenster, Germany. His grandfather, George, started out driving a horse drawn wagon door to door selling his fresh baked goods. Wilhelm’s father, George, attended Germany’s most recognizable baking school and received his “Konditor Meister” status – Master Pastry Chef. His father opened Café Servatii, on Servatii Platz, in the heart of Muenster, Germany. Wilhelm followed in his father’s footsteps by earning his “Master Baker” status and starting his own business in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Wilhelm’s sons Greg and Gary have apprenticed in Germany earning their journeyman status in Pastry. In turn, the Gottenbusch’s have acquired some of the most talented bakers, decorators and pastry chefs in America. All together they work to uphold the values set forth by Wilhelm Gottenbusch 50 years ago. Greg is now the owner of Servatii and you will find him always willing to pitch in and lend a hand.
On occasion, you can often find Wilhelm and his wife popping into a shop to say hello to the employees and customers. He is definitely a man that values the hard work and dedication the employees put forth to carry on his legacy. He also greatly values you-the customers. Without all of you, this bakery would not be where we are today. The appreciation for wonderful quality product and continued support of our patrons means the world to him and all of us here at Servatii.
As we move into the future of Servatii Gary’s son Paul is learning the trade and well on his way to delivering the next generation of excellence.
Thanks to the Gottenbusch family we are still growing and expanding today, Employing quality Bakers, Store personnel, and Office Personnel. We are a bakery to be reckoned with and our future is bright! Enjoy the Best!