Laura Vernola, who gave up the restaurant business awhile back for less dramatic pursuits, is back in it.

She and her fiance, musician/hospitality veteran Ed Simpson, have purchased the very recently shuttered Steel City Coffeehouse and Music Venue at 203 Bridge St. in Phoenixville, near their home in Mont Clare. They signed the deal Thursday.

The couple, who've run a marketing firm for three years, heard that Steel City had planned to close. "Instead of watching a beloved fixture of the town disappear, we decided to do something about it," she said.

They said an opening date - and a lineup of music - is a week away.

Vernola's background includes work with Jose Garces and Bart Blatstein. She owned Deuce Restaurant & Bar in Northern Liberties from 2004 to 2008.