Devotees of Pittsburgh's best moule frites
take note. After weeks of whispers in the restaurant industry, co-owner Jesse Seager, of Point Brugge Café and Park Bruges, confirmed with City Paper
that the restaurant group will open Brugge on North in the Mexican War Streets later this spring. The group will work with City of Asylum to open in its Alphabet City space.
"We weren’t looking to open a third restaurant, but we were approached by City of Asylum. We’re looking forward to working with them and creating events in the space," says Seager.
Seager is adamant that Brugge on North will follow in the footsteps of Point Brugge and Park Bruges of being a neighborhood-oriented place. “We want to be the neighborhood restaurant for the Mexican War Streets,” he says. "The thing that attracted me to that space was the neighborhood. I’m a true Pittsburgher. I’ve been on the East End all my life. I don’t cross bridges that often, and now I've spent more time in the North Side. That neighborhood is fantastic. The buildings are beautiful. The success of our other restaurants has been a result of the neighborhoods."
The menu will offer the beloved classics from the other two locations, like the moules frites, but will also offer dishes that will be unique to the location. "We want it to be approachable and be neighborhood first, while walking a fine line of being a destination, too," he says. The European-style café will offer brunch, lunch and dinner, allowing customers to come in for a quick beer or coffee, or stay and dine.
Executive chef Susie Conroy will move from Point Brugge to take the helm at Brugge on North, while executive chef Kevin Hunninen will move to Point Brugge. Seager also anticipates being able to host more private events since there is a grotto-like private dining room in the basement. "We get requests to host private parties often and haven't been able to accommodate those requests but now we’ll be able to host it," says Seager.