Warm weather is here and some Covid restrictions are gone – we missed you, bar! – So there is positive energy in the air. Local restaurateurs are riding this wave of optimism by opening restaurants, cafes, and breweries across Pittsburgh. We’re not out of the pandemic forest yet (keep wearing your mask!), But these new deals give us hope.
Gi-Jin, 208 6th Street, downtown
After an excruciating wait, the Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group finally opened the Handbrötchen- and Gin-Bar on April 6th. The room is small, but the demand for a table is great. Reserve your place online.
Doughbar Pizzeria & Rotisserie, 1831 E. Carson St., south side
Can’t make up your mind whether to pair your beer with fried chicken or pizza? You can have both at Doughbar! With eclectic decor that pays homage to “The Golden Girls,” this laid-back restaurant knows a thing or two about poultry, cakes, and pints. Enjoy some with your friends and confidants.
Claussen Cafe, 4615 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield
The owners of Axel’s Pretzels, a local German pretzel wholesaler, now have a bakery and cafe in Little Italy. Visit us for a snack, sandwich, pastry, cup of coffee or a cool treat from Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream.
Roots Natural Kitchen, 5231 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield
This Virginia-based health food restaurant took root here in Pittsburgh. You can now have a grain bowl, salad, or other healthy meal in its original location at 3610 Forbes Ave. in Oakland or the new Bloomfield location.
Four Points Brewing, 917 Western Ave., north side
Lucky you. Charlerois Four Points Brewing has taken over the old Shamrock Inn restaurant. It is open on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Yinz Coffee, 2 E. North Ave., north side
Hey yinz guys! Yinz Coffee is now open on the north side. Come to The 412, a 16-ounce espresso frappé with a sauce or syrup of your choice, topped with whipped cream n’at.
Gordos Tacos & Tequila, 131 Shiloh St., Mt.Washington
If owner Brian Gorder finds his way, people will be consuming tacos and tequila at Gordos Tacos & Tequila by Cinco de Mayo.
Trace Brewing, 4312 Main St., Bloomfield
Groups of up to six people can reserve online to have a beer at Trace Brewing or enjoy the rays in the beer garden. There is a small selection of pre-made dishes to buy, and the cafe and espresso bar, serving Redhawk coffee products, will be launched this spring.
Pizzaiolo Primo, 8 Market Square, downtown
From May 1st, guests can again enjoy Italian dishes in this popular marketplace, which was closed in December due to the pandemic. It will open again in mid-April to take away.
Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream, Kennywood Park, and 160 Millers Run Road # 300, Bridgeville
Thrill seekers can enjoy Millie’s sweet treats in Kennywood starting May 8, when the park’s 123rd season kicks off. Ice cream fans in South Fayette can expect their Millie website to open in late spring.
Necromancer Brewing Co., 2257 Babcock Blvd., Ross Township
Head brewer Lauren Hughes discovers old styles of beer in this 14,000-square-foot former Spirit Halloween store. You can raise a pint (and who knows what else) when Necromancer opens in late April.
Sly Fox Brewing Co. on the Highline, 333 E. Carson St., south side
Beer lovers will feel like a fox in the chicken coop when this Philadelphia-based brewery opens a location at The Highline this summer. The South Side development will be hosting some pop-up outdoor tastings ahead of the debut. You can also stop by the Downtown Sly Fox taproom on 300 Liberty Ave.
Galley Bakery Square, 6425 Penn Ave., East Liberty
In May, the Galley Group will launch its restaurant incubator in Bakery Square. The 6,179 square meter area will temporarily be home to four dining concepts: Bubba’s (burgers and steaks), City Fresh Pasta (pasta, soups and sandwiches), Somi (microgreens) and GG’s Café (classic comfort food).
Two Frays Brewery, 5113 Penn Ave., Garfield
In no time, you’ll be able to enjoy a brew (or two!) At Two Frays, now housed in a 100-year-old building in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood. Bring the pups to take to the beer garden.
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