NEW IN TOWN: PITTSBURGH’S BEST FALL OPENINGS
A change in seasons always feels like a fresh start, and while many of us are having a hard time letting go of those lazy summer pool days and outdoor patios, it seems like fall [weather] is finally here. Lucky for you, there are a ton of new openings in Pittsburgh that are ready and waiting to take the place of your summer hangouts. From stylish, laid-back cocktail bars to buzzworthy eateries that have been on everyone’s radar for months, we have your itinerary of where to check out this fall.
x Fl. 2. After 7 years, the Habitat restaurant in the Fairmont Hotel downtown is being replaced by brand new modern American concept, Fl. 2. The stunning five-month plus renovation has totally reinvented the space to maybe the prettiest restaurant in the city with shareable and small plates, a raw bar and a spot on cocktail & wine program. Opening 10/27.
x Acorn. Walnut Street has been in need of some new blood on the food side of things, and this now-open modern American restaurant could be the ticket. The 62-seat space is modern and minimal and serves a variety of small and shareable places from chef Scott Walton’s kitchen that are “meticulous sourced” and aim to be “refined without pretense”. Now Open.
x Merchant Oyster Co. Merchant Oyster Co. has been teasing Lawrenceville’s seafood-loving residents for months with its stunning facade and prime Butler Street location, but the wait is finally over. The restaurant is in full swing with its raw bar, chowders, sammies and cold beers ready and waiting for the eager crowds. And we have to say, we’re already big fans of it all — from the kitschy decor to the approachable pricing, Merchant is the corner spot we’ve been waiting for! Now open.
x Espresso a Mano in South Side. One of our favorite Lawrenceville coffee shops is opening up their second shop across town on E. Carson Street, and the under-caffeinated masses of the South Side Flats should be stoked to add these guys to their coffee arsenal. Now open.
x Rad Ritual. No supernatural or spiritual forces at work here. The former Penn Avenue shop picked up and moved to Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside, and will continue to offer up holistic beauty products and wellness services in the bright, white new space. Look for the shop to start regular hours the first week of November.
x Ki Pollo. On the heels of the successful ramen bar opening down the block, owners Dom Branduzzi (Piccolo Forno/Grapperia/Ki Ramen) & Claudia Moyano (wife of Ki Ramen co-owner Roger Li) are taking on street food in the space at 4407 Butler Street. Look for Korean fried chicken, empanadas, bao buns and more to be available streetside from a takeout window or via counter service inside. Opening November.
x Federal Galley. There’s not much to say about the Northside expansion of Smallman Galley, because “expansion of Smallman Galley” is enough to get us excited already. Look for four concepts in the new Nova Place location; Provision – an original Smallman Galley concept, El Lugar -Mexican inspired, Supper – vegetable forward, and Michigan & Trumbull – Detriot style pizza along side an expansive beer garden and patio. Opening late November.
x Threadbare Cider. There’s nothing quite like sipping a crisp cider once autumn rolls back around, and Threadbare Cider aims to be the place where you do it. The new Ciderhouse is now open and serving up house-made cider and wood-fired pizza along with local drafts and Wigle whiskey cocktails to boot. Now Open.
x Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood Bar & Penn’s Cove Eatery. The name for the Mr. Rogers space might be pending (due to some legal issues), but the concept is set: a casual corner bar with solid cocktails from Spencer Warren & Carrie Clayton. Joining them in the corner Clark Building space is Penn Ave Fish’s return to Downtown, plus a lunch and dinner seafood spot (Penn’s Cove Eatery) and an attached wine shop. Opening November.
x Poulet Bleu. The restaurant group behind Meat & Potatoes and others has been pretty tight-lipped about plans for their newest eatery endeavor. What we do know, however, is that Poulet Bleu is set to open its doors in the old Tamari space later this November or December with a French-inspired bistro vibe complete with a yellow and white striped awning. Color us intrigued!
x or, The Whale. Where Merchant Oyster is casual, the owner’s sibling restaurant is a bit more refined. But just because the seafood and chop house caters to guests of the newly opened Distrikt Hotel and Downtown expense account dinners, don’t get the wrong impression; the restaurant and its in-house cocktail bar Evangeline should be on your regular Downtown dinner rotation. Order delightful dishes like their whipped foie gras butter and radish toast and a clambake for one — just save the 45oz Porterhouse for the expense dinner. Now open.
x Chantal’s Specialty Cheese Shop. The plans are for this new Penn Avenue shop to stock 150-200 kinds of cheese from across the world… and we say bring them all on! And with owners that have French roots, we are hoping for a heavy portion of those to be hard to find European cheeses. Look for a winter 2018 opening.
x Pizza A’Badamo. If you’re going to venture out toward the suburbs for the perfect slice of pizza, these guys should be high on your list. But very soon, you will be able to head over to Federal St in the Mexican War streets from one of their tasty pies. Opening late fall.
x Bitter Ends Luncheonette. If you’ve been lucky enough to catch Bitter Ends Garden Project at farmers markets around the city, then you already know what to expect from the forthcoming luncheonette-style Bloomfield brick and mortar location (hint: fresh veggies galore and amazing bread!).
Also on the horizon: A new Downtown location for La Gourmandine, three new Richard DeShantz Concepts (Fish Nor Fowl, East Liberty; Coop De Ville, Strip District; gi-jin, Downtown), Patagonia on Walnut Street, Istanbul Grill in Regent Square, Penn Brewery Downtown, a Monmade incubator & showroom space Downtown, two new concepts from Muddy Waters in East Liberty and more.