Essen in Pittsburgh in June 2021: what opens and what closes?

A new month has started and you know what that means. We’re back with our monthly food and drink updates. The ‘Burgh has some hot new places to try this month, from coffee and cocktails to pizza and pasta to home cooking and brews.

We want to remind everyone that while most COVID-19 restrictions in Pennsylvania have been lifted on Memorial Day and restaurants were allowed to open at full capacity as many restaurants are Trouble finding the resources you have to do this. In many cases there is still a shortage of staff. So please remember to be friendly, careful and of course give a good tip.

In case you missed last month’s edition, catch up here. If we missed something let us know so we can add it to the list.

Now read on and remember to drink (and eat) responsibly.


๐ŸŸ Back to eating just released a sequel. The popular burger and wing commercial moved to a new location on East Carson Street and became the first black-owned store in the South Side Works, per TribLIVE.

๐Ÿฆ Dari Delite, a long-standing place in the neighborhood of Swissvale, is now creating sweet treats under new ownership and will soon be adding dairy-free options by Good food Pittsburgh.

โ˜• The Fer Coffee & Tea, a favorite of the Strip District, recently opened a new store at The Highline and has since expanded to a different location in South Oakland.

๐Ÿ– The Eagle Food & Beer Bar serves southern staples in Steel City, such as fried chicken, hush puppies, and kale. They are open to indoor and outdoor seating on Penn Avenue, Downtown, by NEXTPittsburgh.

๐Ÿบ Four points of brows, a Charleroi-based brewery, has recaptured the old Shamrock Inn on the North Side with indoor and outdoor areas to enjoy a variety of beverages.

๏ธ Galley bakery space cooks with four restaurant concepts: GG’s Cafe, Somi, City Fresh Pasta and Bubba’s. Confused about where to take your friends for dinner? This place, inspired by the former Smallman Galley in the Strip District, has something for everyone.

๐Ÿธ Goodlander is a cocktail brewery in Larimer that serves cask drinks of carbonated, low-waste cocktails like Moscow Mules, Gin & Tonics, and Mojitos. They are sold in reusable glass jugs for you to return, refill, and enjoy.

๐Ÿ The Italian restaurant First pizza maker reopened under new ownership and is back in service Neapolitan pizza and pasta on the marketplace.

๐Ÿจ The rebel room and the industrialist lounge are two casual restaurants in downtown’s newest hotel, the Industrialist Hotel. The Rebel Room serves American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the Industrialist Lounge is a prime spot for an after-work cocktail Hospitality network.

๐Ÿน Tonic coffee, a woman-owned coffee / mocktail bar, “inspired by world travel and inclusivity,” now serves elaborate drinks in Lawrenceville.

Editor’s note: My partner and I tried it on the weekend and it was such a delicious experience. I had a lavender latte and it had their signature drink, tonic coffee. The drink was earthy with charcoal and refreshing with a hint of lime. It’s definitely the coolest (and only) coffee cocktail I’ve ever tried.

๐Ÿ• Urban oven tosses pizza, paninis, and even pancakes in its wood-burning oven in the Strip District.

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๏ธ 40 north this summer brings international cuisine to Alphabet City on the north side and takes over former Bruges in the north. It shares space with the City of Asylum bookstore and is run by Chef Bethany Zozula. directed and beverage director Sam Suter. Both come from the Ace Hotel’s popular Whitfield Restaurant, per Pittsburgh magazine.

๐Ÿš™ Gastropub & garage at the rear is parked in a converted auto repair shop on Butler Street and sells food inspired by an all-American road trip. It is expected to have gas in the first week of July so NEXTPittsburgh.

๐Ÿง€ Bitter End Rye & Charcuterie Bar is the sister restaurant of the Rear End and the former location of Nooch’s Bar. It offers “Whiskey & Meat” in a modern whisper bar with specialty cocktails and charcuterie boards. This location opens a few months after Rear End.

๐Ÿธ G’s on Liberty will replace Alexander’s Italian Bistro on Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield with โ€œa full service restaurant with a focus on real, innovative, creative food and cocktailsโ€. An opening date is always “closer and closer. “

๐Ÿท With a soul, the popular Shadyside restaurant and jazz bar, is opening a second location in downtown this summer, directly across from Heinz Hall.

๐ŸŒฎ Construction is in progress Gordos Tacos & Tequila in Mount Washington.

๐Ÿ” Citizens Brews Bre will be bringing smash burgers to The Highline in South Side this summer, NEXTpittsburgh reports.

๐Ÿ• Wood-fired by Lorelei comes to East Liberty from the team behind Lorelei, a cocktail bar in the historic Werner Building. Follow their page for pizza pop-ups while they’re still opening a store.

๐Ÿบ Sly Fox Brewing Co., a Philadelphia-based brewery, is taking root at The Highline on the South Side this summer.

๐ŸŒฎ Tako brings his luxury, Asian-Mexican fusion at Bakery Square this summer.

๐Ÿณ The journeyman’s table is still on the way to opening on Butler St. and will soon offer new American cuisine alongside craft cocktails, wine and local beers.

๐Ÿต Adda coffee and tea house this autumn opens its fourth location in the cultural district of the city center with a combination of cafรฉ and local sales hall, per Good food Pittsburgh.

๐Ÿบ Back alley brows is on a mission to start Dormont’s first craft brewery, and you can Follow her progress on Instagram.

๐Ÿ• AVP, a pizza-focused spin-off from Alta Via, will add to Bakery Square’s dining options later this year and complement the city’s large burrito restaurant portfolio, Pittsburgh Magazine reports.

๐ŸธStoryville lounge, a โ€œhiddenโ€ bar from the Victoria era, will become the newest company to be owned by Dr. Be Tumblety’s time-inspired specialty store in Allentown, NEXTPittsburgh reports.

๏ธ Tupelo honey, a Mediterranean kitchen chain, is heading to Station Square later this fall and is becoming an early anchor of the updated Freight House Shops, according to the Pittsburgh Patch.

๐Ÿณ Wild child, by celebrated chef Jamilka Borges, brings Caribbean-influenced cuisine to Mount Etna. It will open soon, however here a look inside See you.

๐Ÿป Bonafide Beer Co. is planned for the former Chicken Latino spot in the Strip District.

๐Ÿป Two Frays Brewery works on a room in Garfield on Penn. Avenue and post lots of progress photos of their row house rehab along the way.

๐ŸŸ Work on Wild Ninja Asian Grill is out and about in Oakland, replacing Uncle Sam’s Gourmet Subs, reports PennsylvAsia.

๐Ÿ’› Yinz coffee, which recently took over the old Crazy Mocha store on the North Side, plans to open another location in Bloomfield.

๐Ÿฆ based in New York Posman Books and Odd Fellows Ice Cream Co. band together to share stories and bullets in the Strip District Terminal building, NEXTPittsburgh reports.

Long-term vacancies on our radar

๐Ÿ” The Pittsburgh Sandwich Society Food Truck is celebrating its fifth anniversary and is planning to expand to a stationary location in Millvale.

๐Ÿค 2 sisters 2 sons Sharpsburg is expected to announce its second location serving “the most authentic Caribbean food in town”.

๐Ÿฑ Bento is a new restaurant in Shadyside according to PennsylvAsia but there is no word on the details or the schedule.

๐Ÿบ Pittsburgh Brewing Co. plans a new brewery in the former Pittsburgh Glass Works plant on 40 hectares on the Allegheny River in Creighton. Pittsburgh Business Times has the latest – and more – on the site’s fascinating history.

๐Ÿต Tupelo honey teas in Millvale has acquired the building next door and will be renovated and expanded over the next few years. PS There will be garden tea parties!

๐Ÿš€ Grist House Craft Brewery turns a Cold War-era Nike Missile Command Center in Collier Township into another outpost of the popular brewery. But there is a lot of work ahead of you so be patient. An opening date is expected in a year or two.

๐ŸŽธ Howler’s is moving after 19 years in Bloomfield after East Liberty, reports City Paper.

๐Ÿ• Great burrito brings a restaurant that has yet to be named to Lawrenceville with a focus on pizza, vegetarian dishes and burgers, reports Pittsburgh Magazine.

๐Ÿ” Arlington Beverage Club, a new concept from renowned chef Kevin Sousa, comes to an old club in Allentown called St. George Lyceum, the Pittsburgh Current Details.

๐Ÿ› The vandal owners bring two new concepts to the Pitt Building Downtown, reports the Post-Gazette. One is a sandwich shop. The other is a sacrament club called Saint John.


๐Ÿท After 37 years of gourmet cuisine at Grant St. The Carlton Restaurant Downtown is closed. Executive Chef Simon DeJohn will soon open The Carlton Catering Company for events, according to Pittsburgh Magazine.

โ˜• A local favorite, Zeke’s coffee, has slowly closed its business over the past few months and recently posted a Facebook announcement stating that if you see any other Zeke’s Coffee location in Pittsburgh or beans in the grocery store, it will no longer be operated by the local business.

โžก๏ธ This is just a little taste. For more news on Pittsburgh restaurants, check out our full list here.

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By Francesca Dabecco

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