April 2022 Restaurant Roundup – The Incline


👋 Welcome [back]!

🧃 1:11 Juice bar opens today (April 1) in Southside. The restaurant serves smoothies and healthy bites and plans to open a downtown location in May.

📦 Brillobox is back in their Bloomfield digs. The closing of the bar was a blow to the locals at the start of COVID, but they are back and have started adding concerts to their schedule once again.

🍕 Caliente Pizza opens today (April 1) in the former Sharp Edge Creekhouse in Crafton. Also hot took over the Sharp Edge site in Sewickley when that channel went out of business last year. (Editor’s note: my first job in Pittsburgh was at the Creekhouse! Glad to see it open again in some form.)

🍺 Fermata Brewing Company is now serve beers in Ambridge. They join modified engineering brewing co. in the increasingly bustling business district of Merchant Street.

🌯 The Halal Guys Channel gyro and chicken restaurants opened their 100th store in the countryside on Forbes Avenue in Oakland.

🍕 The old Parkway Tavern in Monroeville is now the Brasserie at Luciano. The brewery combines freshly brewed beer with Luciano’s Pizzaa combo already familiar to Mars diners.

🥪 Lucy’s Bahn Mi is squeezing fresh sandwiches in the Strip once again. The beloved pop-up spot next to Bar Marco has been in operation for over a decade, barring recent closures.

🌇 Over Eden on 40th Street in Lawrenceville is back open. The rooftop with a view, located above the TRYP hotel in the former vocational school in Washington, is hosting its grand reopening tonight (April 1).

🍴 Scratch & Co. takes reservations again at Troy Hill after a short break.

🎳 Shorty Pins x Pints is now open on the North Shore and offers duck bowling. This is great news for those (like your humble director at Incline) who are still grieving. the loss of Games N’at.

🍺 Tube City Brew Works is now serves beer and food at McKeesport. The brasserie and sports bar is one of several reasons for cautious optimism in the long-suffering city.

🍩 Valkyrie Donuts is now serving huge square donuts in Bellevue. The decadent bakery’s menu is completely egg and dairy free, and they’ve kept busy collaborating with other local businesses like Necromancer Brewing Co.

🍜 Yum Yum Asian Food announced an opening date of April 5 for its location on Castle Shannon Boulevard in Mount Lebanon.

Discover this delicious brunch of Tube City Brewery.

😀 See you soon

🍺Arboretum Trail Brewing Co. is set to take over the former Couch Brewing location at Larimer/Highland Park. The brewery started in a garage in Pleasant Hills and used Couch closing earlier in the year make the leap to a larger system.

🌯 the large group of Burrito restaurants is opening of a second Alta Via downtown in the Market Square. The restaurant will feature the same handmade pasta and wood-fired Italian dishes as their Fox Chapel location. While no exact date is set, the Big Burrito plans to open the 140-seat restaurant in early 2023.

🍸 Bottlerocket Social Hall, a bar and comedy club, takes over former St. George’s Lyceum in Allentown where the Arlington Beverage Club was located. They plan to serve their first drinks on May 1.

🌮 Condado, the Columbus-based taco chain, adds two more stores in Pittsburgh. Their East Liberty location near Target is set to open in August, with another in Cranberry to follow in September.

🍺 Brewing Coven will soon bewitch the old roundabout tavern on Butler Street. The brewery plans to maintain the dining room’s long-running catering program. The roundabout keeps rolling their pop-up by the river in Chateau.

🍺 East End Brewing is in the process of opening of a bar in Mount Lebanon. The location will also feature East End Chewing pizza like their Larimer location. A date has yet to be set as the brewery says the Washington Road location is “essentially an empty box”.

Echt (German for “true”) Coffee House brings freshly roasted beans, liquor tasting and fine dining to Mt. Oliver later this year.

🥗 eat your vegetables restaurant “taste of vegetables” is set to debut in 2022 at Deutschtown.

🐷 A charcuterie bar, Le Porc, is come to the Highline in Southside. The restaurant is currently awaiting a liquor license that will allow them to serve wine pairings with their cheeses and meats.

🍺 Lolev beer is under construction their Upper Lawrenceville brewery. No opening date is set for the location yet.

👀 Mezcal Mexican Cantina hung a sign on a storefront near the Row House cinema in Lawrenceville. no word yet when they open.

🇹🇹 Shado Beni a received their license and will serve vegan cuisine from Trinidad later this month of their Northside storefront.

🍣 The Terminal in the Strip should be a locally owned Asian food hall. The owners of the food hall, Mike Chen (from Everyday noodles) and Alex Tang (of Mola in East Liberty) entered into a rental agreement with McCaffery. This will likely be good news for locals frustrated with McCaffery’s track record in terms of bringing in businesses from outside of Pittsburgh.

🍺 Velum Fermentation is bring the old Duquesne Brewery back to life in Southside. The brewery dug into old Duquesne memorabilia and is smartly reuse shipping materials from their fermentation tanks to make furniture for their bar.

Duquesne beer bottle caps.
Fermentation of the velum have searched for treasures while preparing their brewery.

😮 Ch-ch-change

🍷 Allegheny Wine Mixer has new owners whose other projects will be familiar to other Lawrencevillains. Domenic Braduzzi, who opened Piccolo Fornoand former Tamari executive chef Roger Li bought the cozy spot from former owner Jamie Patten, who will stay on until the restaurant’s 10th anniversary in an advisory role.

🍕 Garfield go-to Spak Bros. at expanded their menu and now delivers using UberEats. Their delivery menu includes vegan options like their seitan cheesesteak hoagie.

😭 Goodbye

🥪 Long-time downtown institution Sammy’s Famous Corned Beef closed its doors March 25 after 35 years of activity. COVID, irregular foot traffic downtown, and the usual supply chain and staffing issues led the owners to make the difficult decision.

🍜 China Linen in Upper Lawrenceville was forced to close after their landlord refused to renew their lease. Their last day of activity was March 25. (Editor’s note: it was our favorite local chinese place. RIP 😢)

🥗 Viridis, the Southside vegan spot, shop closed March 27. Based on customer feedbackthey’ll leave shoes of size to fill for the foodies of Carson Street.

🍠Bloomfield’s Bitter Ends Lunch closes at the end of the month and celebrating with a final Clownburger event on 4/20. However, according to their announcement, Thyme Machine will take over after.

See something we missed? Let us know—send an email to [email protected] and we can update the April Roundup web post. We’ll have more food news coming in May!

By colinwilliams


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