Pittsburgh Essen in April 2021: What opens and what closes

A new month has started and you know what that means. We’re back with our normal monthly food and drink updates … although nothing really seems “normal” these days.

We haven’t heard of closings this month (so there is some good news). And hopefully people in the service industry (and all of us!) Can get vaccinated soon. For the moment we’re sticking to take away.

Despite the tough economic climate, Pittsburgh is chewing some great new places, and dozens more are on the horizon.

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‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Audrina’s Mexican Grill serves burritos, tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas and more in the former home of Bill Ung’s Tea Garden in Greenfield.

โ˜• Claussen Cafe Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield is currently serving take-away and take-away orders for their local organic pretzels, Fairtrade coffee and natural ice cream.

โ˜• The Fer coffee & tea, a favorite from the Strip District, has officially opened its doors at The Highline on the South Side and has another location in South Oakland.

๐Ÿ• Doughbar Pizzeria & Rotisserie hurls pizza, fried chicken, and hoagies on the south side. Get the best of both worlds with their Buffalo Chicken Pie.

๐Ÿบ Brew four points opened a new location on Western Avenue on the North Side and currently only sells carry-out cans.

๐Ÿ‰ Gi-Jin, the long awaited hand roll and gin bar, finally opens downtown on April 6th. With years of anticipation, restaurateurs Richard DeShantz and Tolga Sevdik set out to create a โ€œsophisticated, intimate bar that reinterprets the sushi experienceโ€.

๐Ÿ LeVia Trattoria, a family-owned Italian restaurant in Lawrenceville, serves take-out and delivery. Don’t skip a piece Roman style pizza.

๐Ÿš Oishii Donburi, the latest from the owners of Oakland’s Oishii Bento, now serves Korean and Japanese food in Lawrenceville.

๐ŸŒฑ Roots natural cuisineGood Food Pittsburgh reports that the small chain of restaurants known for healthy salads and grain bowls recently opened a new location in Bloomfield.

๐Ÿ’› Yinz coffee has taken over the old Crazy Mocha store on the north side and plans to add a small market section for local goods.

Bye for now

๐Ÿ– The Eagle Food & Beer Bar TribLIVE reports that Downtown brings “home-style food, a lively atmosphere and a house-party feeling”. It should open “very soon. โ€

๐ŸŒฎ Gordos Tacos & TequilaNEXTPittsburgh reports that Cinco de Mayo, a “new double-decker restaurant” serving Mexican food, is planning to open on Mount Washington.

๐Ÿน Tonic CoffeeThis spring, a coffee / cocktail bar is coming to Lawrenceville that is โ€œinspired by world travel and inclusivityโ€.

โžก๏ธ Galley Bakery PlaceThe former Smallman Galley will open in May of this year with four restaurant concepts: GG’s Cafe, Somi, City Fresh Pasta and Bubba’s.

๐Ÿ• The team behind Lorelei, a cocktail bar in the historic Werner building, opens Woodfired by Lorelei in East Liberty. In the meantime, follow their page for pizza pop-ups.

๐Ÿท With a soulThe popular Shadyside restaurant and jazz bar are opening a second location in the city center opposite the Heinz Hall this year. An exact opening date is TBD.

๐Ÿ” Burgh’ers Brewing NEXTpittsburgh reports that burgers will be brought to the Highline in South Side this summer.

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

๐ŸธStoryville LoungeNEXTPittsburgh reports that the owners of Dr. Tumblety’s Time-Inspired Specialty Shop in Allentown this fall will be the newest addition to the Victoria-era โ€œhiddenโ€ bar.

๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Tupelo honey, a Mediterranean kitchen chain, is coming to Station Square later this year and will become an early anchor of the updated Freight House Shops, according to the Pittsburgh Patch.

๐Ÿ” Back to eating plans a sequel. The popular burger and wing commercial is planning to open a new outpost on East Carson Street, according to Pittsburgh Magazine.

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

๐Ÿธ G is on freedom will replace Alexander’s Italian Bistro on Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield with “a full service restaurant focusing on real, innovative, creative food and cocktails.” Comes in late spring.

๐Ÿณ Wild childThe renowned cook Jamilka Borges brings Caribbean-style dishes to Mount Etna. It will open soon, however Here’s 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 at a place in Garfield on Penn. Avenue and post lots of progress photos from his townhouse rehab along the way.

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

๐Ÿค 2 sisters 2 sons Sharpsburg is expected to announce the second location serving โ€œthe most authentic Caribbean food in townโ€.

Long-term openings on our radar

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

๐Ÿบ Pittsburgh Brewing Co. plans a new brewery in the former Pittsburgh Glass Works on 40 hectares on the Allegheny River in Creighton. The Pittsburgh Business Times provides the latest information on the site’s fascinating history.

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

๐ŸŽณ Shorty’s Pins x PintsAccording to the Post-Gazette, a new entertainment concept with bowling, boccia, pinball, cornhole, giant beer pong and street food is coming to the north coast.

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

๐Ÿฅ— A casual, California-inspired cafe Famed chef Justin Severino is slated to be near North Park, the Trib writes.

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

๐Ÿง€ Tom & Chee, known for “Shark Tank”, plans to open a location in the city center. They will serve melts, soups and “grilled cheese donuts” per WTAE.

๐Ÿ• Great burrito brings a yet-to-be-named restaurant to Lawrenceville that focuses 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 social 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 dinner club called Saint John.


Here’s some good news, especially at a difficult time for local restaurants … we didn’t hear about closings in the last month! If we missed one, please let us know.

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By Francesca Dabecco

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