Baby loves tacos
Kat Muscianesi and Zack Shell, owners of Baby Loves Tacos, opened a second location of their popular taco joint in Millvale in late January. The room where Tazza D’Oro used to live is considerably larger than the Bloomfield location (which only offers standing room). Millvale has 35 seats, a large kitchen and a small children’s playground. When the weather warms up, guests can expect an expanded menu as well as terrace seating to open up. In March, the restaurant will also function as a small market selling fresh vegetables from its farming partners like Tiny Seed Farm and Garfield Community Farm.
524 Grant Ave., Millvale; instagram.com/babylovestacos
The huge space that once housed Feng’s is now a futuristic dream of a restaurant called the Cobra Lounge. The restaurant, bar, and karaoke shop are the work of Derek Burnell, owner of Round Corner Cantina and El Burro and co-owner of Umami, and Miranda Piso, who teamed up to open the concept after years of working the space had looked at. The menu focuses on Korean style table barbecues. You can order prixe fixe options or a selection of American or Japanese Wagyu à la carte, as well as options for pork, vegetables, and seafood. The bar program focuses on cocktails that are both quaffable and visually appealing, while also offering a nice selection of Japanese whiskeys and sake. Three private karaoke rooms are open Sunday through Thursday, while local and national DJs perform on Fridays and Saturdays. 4305 Main St., Bloomfield; 412 / 682-2608, cobrapgh.com
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The space in the Americus Club that was functioning as the holiday pop-up bar tina’s (Holiday) has been restarted as the (Lounge). Sarah Shaffer, owner of Tinas, and event designer Thommy Conroy of 4121 Main continue their collaboration to give Pittsburghers a break from the day with natural wines and cocktails drunk in posh rooms. The cocktail bar is open Thursday through Saturday evenings.
213 Smithfield St., Americus Club, downtown; instagram / theloungepgh
Millie’s homemade ice cream
Millie’s homemade ice cream opened a new store on Butler Street in Lawrenceville on Valentine’s Day. Those with a sweet tooth can get shovels, shakes, and pints. Owners Chad and Lauren Townsend opened their first store in Shadyside in 2014 and have expanded across town to Downtown and Oakland, as well as opening a small outpost at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.
3803 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412 / 621-1699, millieshomemade.com
Sålł, a small, hidden restaurant in TMD Holdings in Oakland, has reopened. The lunch menu, which is open Monday to Friday from 11.45 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. for full service and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for snacks and drinks, serves both TMD employees and the public, both for dining and to take away. Chef Blair Hohn III offers a streamlined menu of the day that focuses on American home cooking classics such as Rubens, fried chicken sandwiches, meatballs, wedding soup and corned beef. Scoops of Klavons ice cream, poses and a small selection of drinks such as Turner’s Tea and Chai Tea are the options available until 5 p.m.
461 Melwood Ave., Oakland; 412 / 580-6076, saltcafepgh.com
The speckled egg
Jacqueline and Nathan Schoedel opened their all-day breakfast place in the Union Trust Building at the end of January. The couple, who met at the cooking school of the now-closed Art Institute of Pittsburgh, focus on breakfast classics that you may find on menus across the country like patty melts and pork loin, using quality ingredients from local farms like Rivendale Farms and Paul Family farms. The restaurant also features a full bar, a coffee bar operated by Commonplace Coffee and a take away area.
501 Grant St., Downtown; 412 / 251-5248, thespeckledeggpgh.com
Molinaro Ristorante and Bar, Wolfie’s Puband the former Pizzuvio Closed at the end of January 2020. All three restaurants in the city center were jointly owned by Ron Molinaro and Bob Wolfinger. Molinaro founded Il Pizzaiolo in Mt. Lebanon in 1996, an early riser of the high-end pizza movement, before his foray into the downtown dining scene.
Artisan Cafe in Garfield and Coffee Buddha The North Hills will close on February 29th. Both stores have been open for 4 and 9 years respectively and posted their announcements on social media. They thank their customers for their support.