Pittsburgh summer openings?! Pile it on, we will take it all.  More, more, more!  The next couple of months are packed with openings and we are starting to get pretty excited about it.  Add in sunny summer weather, porch beers, pool days, park picnics, Kennywood and we can hardly contain ourselves!

Smallman Galley’s New Team. Strip District. It’s hard to believe that the first Smallman Galley class already has run its course…but now it’s time for the new class to flex their culinary muscles.  The four new concepts include Ironbound Eatery (Detriot-style pizza), Colonia (Latin-American), Brunoise (refined-locally sourced) and Banhmilicious (Vietnamese street food).  Skip the idea of trying one each time you visit.  Instead, roll deep with friends that like to snack and more importantly share as these menus look ridiculously tasty.

Millie’s. Downtown.  Have you been to their first location in Shadyside?  Then there is no explanation needed here.  We’ll see you in line.

Ki Ramen. Lawrenceville. The partnership between Piccolo Forno’s Dom Branduzzi and Umami’s Roger Li is set to bring delicate broths and handmade noodles to Butler St in July 2017.

Spaces Corners/Silver Eye. Garfield. Bringing to together the two photography powerhouses from across town, the new space will offer the best of both worlds under one roof with books from Spaces Corners and exhibitions/lectures/etc from Silver Eye.

gi-jin. Downtown. Richard DeShantz’s typical style is over-the-top and kitschy but for his latest venture on 6th Street he’s shaking it up by paring it down. The raw bar + gin bar, produced in collaboration with tako’s chef David Racicot, is to be clean-lined and modern with Japanese influence.

Distrikt Hotel. Downtown. The latest boutique opening comes by way of NYC and is bound for the old Salvation Army Building.  With 186 rooms, a roof deck and a bar/restaurant helmed by Dennis Marron (see more below), expect this sleepy corner of Downtown to come alive beginning July 2017.

Tidying up, Distrikt Hotel Is coming to the Steel City soon 🌆#distrikthotel #comingsoon

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Mesa. Oakland. We were bummed at the news of the culturally focused, always evolving Conflict Kitchen closing.  But the replacement looks promising with a former Salt of the Earth chef bringing New Mexico cuisine to the hungry crowds of Schenley Plaza.

or the Whale. Downtown. Located in the aforementioned Distrikt Hotel, the restaurant and bar duo will be led by chef Dennis Marron who is no stranger to the hotel food game; he was the chef that opened The Commoner (located inside the Hotel Monaco).  Look for updated chop house vibes with heavy seafood offerings alongside a second story bar, starting in July 2017.

We have walls…big walls. #restaurantopening #murals #mobydick

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Black Cherry Design. Lawrenceville. Now open and adding to the retail mix on Butler Street, this showroom and design studio is stocking beautiful furniture, homewares and more from brands like Louise Gray, Dwell Studios and more.  See our look at the detailed look at the space here.

Penn Ave Fish Co. Downtown. Breath easy.  The Downtown location for Penn Ave Fish is planned for the Clark Building, bringing with it an expanded bar program (run by Spencer Warren).   

A’Pizza Badamo. North Side. In an age when everything is artisan and authentic, it’s refreshing to see the classics done right.  Those who frequent their South Hills location know that these guys serve up some mean NY-style pizza.  Sidenote: These guys are also the temporary home to the amazingly delicious (and usually sold out) Pigeon Bagel.

saturday over here ♨️

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Ineffable CaPhe. Lawrenceville. What is better than one banh mi place?  Two!  Self-described as ‘a beautiful marriage of an industrial-style classic American coffee shop (think: double espresso to stay) and an authentic Vietnamese café (think: hot, crispy banh mi sandwiches and freshly pressed sugar cane), look for this former motorcycle shop to open its garage doors along Penn Ave very soon!

Baby Loves Tacos. Bloomfield. And so do we!  And I bet you do too.  So let’s all meet for some tacos soon at the new brick & mortar location of this seasoned pop-up soon!

Wheel & the Wedge. Lawrenceville/Strip District.  We also love cheese.  If a friend of yours tells you, no thanks I’m not a big cheese fan, when presented with a delicious piece of bleu…you should really reevaluate that friendship.  But then again, all the more cheese for you at this new cheese outpost inside Enginehouse 25 Wines.

Other openings: Helltown Brewing// Garfield, Harris Grill// Downtown, Homage // East Liberty, Pennsylvania Libations // Strip District, Macroon Bar // Shadyside,  Choolah // East Liberty.