HOT HOT HEAT: SUMMER OPENINGS IN FULL SWING

There’s no reason to ever be bored during the summer in Pittsburgh, with what seems like a million events going on every night of the week (head to our calendar for some of our event picks). Just to make your decision-making even more difficult this summer, let’s go ahead and add in a ton of new restaurants, shops and more to visit.

Fish Nor Fowl. The next outpost for the Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group continues the departure from their largely American vibes at their Downtown spots (Butcher, Meat, Pork). Located in the old Salt of the Earth space, Fish Nor Fowl in Garfield looks to deliver international dishes with a slant towards Scandinavian cuisine with two bars anchoring the two-level space.  Late July Opening.

Two Sisters. If you are like us and think Pittsburgh could open up 20 more Asian restaurants tomorrow, then this news probably already has you excited.  Opening next to the old Union Pig & Chicken space in East Liberty, this sitdown Vietnamese restaurant will offer a largely traditional menu of banh mi sandwiches, summer rolls and rice bowls. And their designy coming soon signage has us excited for a look at their interior. Opening Late Summer.

Secret bar behind Bird on the Run. A delicious, spicy hot chicken sandwich and a handcrafted cocktail are in your future, with the opening of a speakeasy cocktail bar behind East Liberty’s Bird on the Run.  For now, we’ll happily sip on the frosé that they serve daily. Opening Late Summer.

Make + Matter. You’ve seen these brands pop up at spots like Pavement and the Ace Hotel, but now this group of three local textile designers, Kelly Lane, Otto Finn and F L U X B E N E, will have a Lawrenceville address to call home (or, rather, studio and showroom). They’ll invite friends to drop in every 4-6 weeks with brand showcases from emerging and established designers. Open late June.

Lorlei. Independent Brewing Company and Hidden Harbor are two of our favorite spots for a casual hang any night of the week.  So count us excited for their combination Czech & German inspired beer hall and Belgian & French inspired bistro in the former Livermore space.  The concept joins Muddy Waters, Spoon, Kahuna and others on the prominent East Liberty corner of Baum and Highland cementing the block as East Liberty’s restaurant row. Opening Mid Summer.

Pie for Breakfast.  We’ve never had pie for breakfast, but we have been tempted with the thought for quite some time. At the long-awaited third concept from the team behind Legume, they’re bringing breakfast and lunch comfort dishes to North Oakland — we’re guessing it won’t take long for PGH to get on board with this one so expect a wait if you show up on a weekend morning. Now open.

Walter’s Barbecue.  With a sister location (Morgan’s) in Brooklyn, Walter’s is set to bring their award-winning Texas-style BBQ to a former used car lot on Butler Street. And with a giant patio and the promise of cold local beers, they will no doubt have crowds lining up to catch rays and burnt ends for many summers to come. Opening August.

Bridges & Bourbon.  Inspired by destination cocktail bars like Aviary & Death and Co., cocktails and small plates will again call the former Seviche space home on Penn Ave in Downtown.  But this iteration will have acclaimed local chef Dave Racicot at the helm along with a palate/design that reads more like the classic Manhattan than its all-inclusive resort mojito past. Opening Mid Summer.

Joey’s & Home at Smallman Galley. Two new kitchens opened at Smallman Galley, both of which both seem like strong contenders for your new favorite (which is saying something, since they’re competing with Iron Born Pizza).  Joey’s, from The Vandal owner Joey Hilty, offers up elevated, stoner-style dishes like a ‘over sauced’ buffalo chicken sandwich with ranch slaw alongside more refined offerings like hummus topped with a seasonal salad. Down the line is chef Phil Milton’s Home, an ode to comfort dishes of his childhood like fish sticks and TV dinners. For a full rundown of the kitchens, check out our blog post here. Now Open.

Eliza. Hotel restaurants are tricky, and with a couple exceptions, we can say we largely avoid them. This said, the restaurant and rooftop bar at this S. Oakland Hotel Indigo has us interested.  With a former Legume chef at the helm, Eliza could win us over for rooftop hangs and snacks with city and river views. Opening late June.

Other Items to Note: The Vandal is expanding to include a back patio and a liquor license; East End Brewing & Justin Severino’s collaboration brings elevated brewpub offerings to the Larimer space;  Spork Pit BBQ is bringing BBQ to Penn Ave in Garfield; Azorean Cafe opened in Bloomfield with a Portuguese menu, including the ever delicious egg-custard pastries queijadas; the il Pizzaiolo team is bringing a high-end Italian concept, Molinaro Ristorante, to the former Poros space in Market Square.