SET YOUR SIGHTS ON THESE PITTSBURGH OPENINGS IN 2020
Ah, 2019 — it was a year, to say the very least. Even if your personal life, your bank account and the state of the world as a whole are all feeling a little battered and bruised, there are better things on the horizon.
We’re only a couple weeks into 2020, but there are already quite a few openings that we can’t wait to check out. From design-forward downtown lunch spots to cute boutiques and even more coffee shops than ever before, Pittsburgh is about to get a bunch of new businesses before the new year even really begins. So, if you want to re-invent yourself and start fresh with a new routine in 2020, guess what? You won’t even have to skip town to do it!
First Brillobox, then Tina’s, now an in-the-works brewery — the tiny intersection surrounding the Bloomfield Bridge, Liberty Avenue and Main Street is swiftly on its way to becoming a bit of a Pittsburgh drinking destination. Trace Brewing is set to open this spring inside the former foundry building along Main Street, and with a team of brewers boasting tenure at Dancing Gnome, Trillium, Mikkeller and Cinderlands, it’s poised to become one of the most celebrated in town. What we know so far: the space will feature an all-day cafe serving Redhawk Coffee; unique programming throughout the week (think open mic nights, yoga classes and movie nights); and a design-forward feel (helmed by Pittsburgh’s Epic Development) that’s a bit more chic than the typical brewery. There’s also a year-round beer garden designed by co-owner Nina Chase of Merritt-Chase landscape architects, so expect lots of cozy, fireside sips all winter long.
The long-awaited fried chicken spot from the DeShantz group has been in the works for two years now, but it looks like 2020 is the year that the “Southern table” makes its official, permanent debut. After a series of pop-ups at takö last summer, Coop de Ville is slated to take over the old Marty’s Market space in the Strip. Expect La Colombe coffee and breakfast sandwiches starting at 6 a.m., duckpin bowling on the weekends and a fun, social atmosphere that invites you to linger over cocktails, craft beer and Southern cuisine.
Yet another long-awaited DeShantz restaurant just might get its official opening in 2020. The downtown gin bar and Japanese eatery already unveiled a giant dragon mural by Jeremy Raymer, an incredible wooden ceiling installation by Standard & Custom, and hand-thrown dinnerware by FD Pottery. If the food is as good as the thoughtfully curated decor decisions, this is sure to be one of 2020’s most exciting openings.
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Brunch every day of the week? Who are we to judge! The Speckled Egg, a new daytime eatery in the Union Trust Building downtown, promises mimosas and breakfast fare all week long, as well as full-service lunch options and a killer happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays. The vintage-inspired deli counter and upscale diner concept is slated to open by February 1st, so we’ll keep you posted with all the details.
St. Johannes and Bambina
The owners of the Vandal and the Bureau (two of our PGH favorites) are taking their talents downtown to open not one, but two new concepts this spring. St. Johannes is a vintage supper club-inspired bar and restaurant featuring classic American dishes and Prohibition-style cocktails, while Bambina is a modern Italian sandwich shop with an espresso bar and—fingers crossed—whispers of a wine program focusing on natural wines. Both spaces will be located underneath the Americus Club (formerly Beauty Shoppe) in the Pitt Building on Smithfield Street, providing both lunch and post-work destinations for downtown’s rapidly changing commuter crowd.
We’re calling it: 2020 is the year of the pop-up. Home and body concept shop Ça Va (pronounced sah vah) will take over half of Ruhling/Woven in Upper Lawrenceville starting on February 8th, stocking a selection of sustainable, modern home goods; unisex bath products from indie brands out of LA, Nashville, NYC and beyond; and small-batch collabs with Pittsburgh-based favorites like Oatmeal and Bombabird that will only be available through the pop-up. We’re also pretty familiar with owner (she’s Urbanist’s writer/editor!) so keep an eye on this space for more updates.
Lawrenceville Market Place
The owners of Bierport and Row House Cinema are planning for even more creative development on the intersection of Butler and Main. Lawrenceville Market Place, a sort of multi-business market featuring multiple concepts in one space, is in talks for the former Citizens Bank building at 4112 Butler Street, allowing nine businesses of varying sizes to each rent their own independent space on a month-to-month basis. The owners have already signed on to open a coffee and donut shop with outdoor seating, and a family-friendly main level eatery will anchor the space. This one is still in the planning stages, but we’re eager to hear how it might change the Lawrenceville small business scene.
The Lounge at Americus : Now Open
If you missed out on the Tina’s (holiday) pop-up at the Americus Club downtown, don’t fret; Bloomfield bar staple Tina’s has signed on for an extended stay with The Lounge at Americus, a year-round concept catering to the post-work crowd. The menu will stay largely the same, with classic cocktails and natural wines in a floral-filled, candlelit space, and there will be lots of different seating options across cozy couches, high-top tables and larger tables for your happy hour or late night crew.
TBD Arrott Building Hotel
The details about this upcoming downtown boutique hotel project are few and far between, but it looks like it will add a bit more of a boutique feel to downtown’s booming (and still growing) hotel scene. HRI Properties acquired the historic 1902 Arrott Building downtown, and if the brand’s other hotels in Nashville, New Orleans and Philadelphia are any indication, we can likely look forward to a lifestyle hotel in the next year or so.