Crepes and coffee: New Nashua eatery offers variety of sweets

NASHUA – The small kitchen at Butter N’ Jam creperie smelled of marshmallows roasting over a campfire. Within seconds after hearing the hiss of the blow torch, two white blobs on the end of two toothpicks had turned golden brown, slightly charred around the edges and ooey gooey in the middle.

One has to have that fire to really add an extra dimension to the s’mores flavor, owner Andrew Lawrenson said.

With a drizzle of chocolate and a sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs, the s’mores crepe, one of the latest editions at the new eatery, was complete.

“It’s hard not to smile when eating a crepe,” Lawrenson said.

Almost a month since the shop’s soft opening, he hasn’t been able to stop smiling. Business just keeps getting better, he said.

The Amherst Street business has both sweet and savory crepes (think, thinner, bigger French pancakes), ranging in price from $8 to $10.

For example, the Danny Boy, named in honor of Lawrenson’s best friend who passed away in 2015, is made with homemade peanut butter, fluff and granola. The Neville is made with sausage, pepper, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese. Every crepe can also be made as a sandwich.

The restaurant offers nitro and cold brew coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice, homemade lemonade and more.

“I’ve always wanted to do this,” Lawrenson said of owning his own restaurant. “I use fresh, clean ingredients.”

“Clean” eating, even if it comes in the form of a Nutella and banana crepe, is important to Lawrenson, who had bariatric surgery a few years ago. When he faced complications after his procedure, he realized, “I only have one life – let’s live it.”

He left his job in sales and decided to open up a creperie, something he hoped would be a little different for Nashua.

A man who “love, love, loves” food, Lawrenson wants to make sure everyone who walks through the door of his business leaves “with a little extra joy in their life.”

As it turned out, making a crepe was no easy feat. After tweaking the batter several times so it wasn’t too sweet for the savory crepes, Lawrenson, along with Sarah Krauss and Jamie McLaughlin, his two employees, had to learn how to fold them.

“We must have ripped hundreds of them getting the motion and the amount (of batter) down,” Lawrenson said. Then of course, in order to successfully have a business that lives up to the first part of his “fast, fun, family friendly” motto, they had to learn how to do it well, often and quickly.

He always wants to “make it look pretty,” he said, whether it’s with real fire-roasted marshmallows or a drizzle of chocolate.

Soon, he hopes to get a liquor and beer license so they can serve spiked coffee, mimosas and other adult beverages.

Also in the future, Lawrenson plans to be open for open mic nights, poetry slams and other creative events designed to welcome the community and create a space where people can “just chill,” he said.

Butter N’ Jam is open at 449 Amherst St. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Hannah LaClaire can be reached at 594-1243 or hlaclaire@nashuatelegraph.com.