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Comment Archives: stories: Pittsburgh Dining: On The Rocks

Re: “The expanded East Liberty state store might augur further improvements

The political coalition against privatization includes more than just allies of the union. For example, it also includes representatives of rural areas where private entities either would not locate a store at all, or would only locate a store with less selection and higher prices. In that sense the state store system is subsidizing those rural areas, and their local representatives do not want to give up those subsidies.

Giant Eagle and other grocery stores can use a certain type of license to sell beer and wine in an attached cafe. I believe all of Wegmans, Weis, Giant, and Sheetz have also done that in one or more stores, and more are looking at it. I believe the main problem, though, is that you have to allow in-store consumption, and that raises all sorts of cost and liability issues which serve as a practical barrier to more grocery stores wanting to do it.

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Posted by Brian Tucker-Hill on 09/24/2014 at 1:03 PM

Re: “The expanded East Liberty state store might augur further improvements

AMEN on privatization. The only thing standing in the way of the system providing more revenue by private ownership of stores is the union for the people who work there. The whole system is a joke. Why can't every grocery store sell beer and wine - only Giant Eagle? Something is wrong here!

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Posted by Booklady & Libertarian on 09/24/2014 at 10:48 AM

Re: “The expanded East Liberty state store might augur further improvements

One needs to ask why it has taken 2 and 3 years to remodel stores if they are doing it in the most efficient way possible? If you doubt look into the Mountaintop store which took 2 years or the one in Lebanon that is well over 3 years.

Of course, at the current rate all the stores won't get done for over 50 years which is longer than it took to move from counter stores to self service (36 years) or to decide to finally take credit cards (15 years).

If you want real modernization you want total privatization.

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Posted by Albert Brooks on 09/24/2014 at 8:52 AM

Re: “'Cider garden' just one way Arsenal Cider is growing

I cant wait until arsenal starts bottling!

Posted by Sandor Szirmae on 09/19/2014 at 8:23 PM

Re: “In second annual event, Pittsburgh Cocktail Week shuns pretension

Quick correction, the molecular demo and party is Sunday night now.

Posted by Michael Basista on 09/10/2014 at 1:13 PM

Re: “After devastating blaze, Perle and NOLA return with enhanced drinks list

is that beautiful wall mural there still? its right when you walk in with a woman walking down a nola street

Posted by nolala on 07/27/2014 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Mead lovers will be making a beeline for Carnegie's Apis Meadery

Don't forget Laurel Highlands Meadery!

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Posted by Mead Man on 07/17/2014 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Mount Washington's The Summit popular with neighbors and pros alike

Whoops...the link is missing a "t".

Posted by fmcgrath on 05/15/2014 at 8:53 AM

Re: “The much-maligned grasshopper bounces back at Pittsburgh bars

A grasshopper walked into a bar. The bartender said, "You know there's a drink named after you?" The grasshopper said, "There's a drink named Steve?"

Posted by Sean Hart on 04/29/2014 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Bartender conference gives city a chance to show off

Ah! That is really good news. I like bartender but, how show them? About me is here. http://bartenders411.com/

Posted by Tanmoy Singha on 04/15/2014 at 5:44 AM

Re: “The much-maligned grasshopper bounces back at Pittsburgh bars

Violently?

Posted by Pgh EduJobs on 04/12/2014 at 11:48 PM

Re: “The much-maligned grasshopper bounces back at Pittsburgh bars

try and Old Etonian at Legume/Butterjoint. No joking, and no one will make fun of you. One taste, and they'll be ordering one too.

Posted by Peter on 04/09/2014 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Squirrel Hill's Independent Brewing Co. celebrates local beer

Is this bar still smoking?

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Posted by Michael Deasy on 03/07/2014 at 1:58 PM

Re: “"Special Liquor Order" system expands state-store offerings

"Because distributors can't add the cost of shipping to the listed price per bottle, they often require minimum purchases — ranging from a single bottle up to a full case,"- So much for the claim (which I've heard elsewhere from PLCB supporters) that they help reduce alcohol abuse.

Posted by John Neumann on 02/13/2014 at 7:05 PM

Re: “With "all-star" bartenders, Butcher and the Rye stakes a claim on Downtown drinking scene

Mike Mills is a buddy of mine, but here's my attempt at an objective review; Eat and Drink at Butcher and the Rye. We'd eat there more, but they don't deliver to Brooklyn.

Posted by Jason Littrell on 12/03/2013 at 1:59 AM

Re: “Lawrenceville's Franktuary offers Pennsylvania-only drink menu

I think it's great but I have to disagree that there aren't enough quality Pennsylvania wines. We have so many wonderful wineries made by passionate people. Those closest to the "Burgh" that I can think of off hand with great quality are Kavic, Narcisi, Deer Creek, Walnut Hill, even R in the Strip, along with Enricco's own wine, plus so many more. There are also many from Northern and Eastern Pennsylvania that are endless. These wineries make wine comparable, if not better than those in other states. It's my own personal opinion but I think there are others out there that can agree. These places pack people who love their wines.

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Posted by Kristin on 11/13/2013 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Two new breweries open, blocks apart, on Butler Street

Where can we get these beers? Only from the brewer, or are local restaurants carrying them as well?

Posted by Stephen Gross on 10/09/2013 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Proper Brick Oven becomes a beer-drinker's paradise

Great place as long as you are not in a wheelchair or have mobility issues.

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Posted by Beer Hunter on 09/12/2013 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Proper Brick Oven becomes a beer-drinker's paradise

I went there Sunday and again on Thursday! My husband loves the carnivore pizza and the kids all got Margherita pizza. I tried the forest pizza with mushrooms and onions and it was excellent. I can't wait to go back and try the pastas!

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Posted by Kate on 08/30/2013 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Proper Brick Oven becomes a beer-drinker's paradise

They opened last Wednesday. Their pizza is delish!

Posted by Susan Burnett on 08/29/2013 at 11:58 AM

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