... And a Coffee Chaser | Restaurant Reviews | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Adam DeSimone didn't want another bar on East Carson Street. That wouldn't be surprising if he were just another South Side resident. But he's the owner of Diesel Club Lounge -- and when he decided to open a business at 1737 East Carson, another bar would've been an easy choice.

"You open a bar and the money starts pouring in," DeSimone says.

Instead he opened Delanie's Coffee, a quiet, inviting oasis named after his baby daughter. He says diversifying is good for both the neighborhood and his business (AMPD Group, which also owns Local Bar & Kitchen and other restaurants).

 Kelly Wilson, one of two managers who helped open the shop last month, admits to keeping an air mattress upstairs: It's for nights when she closes after midnight and has to re-open the next morning.

"I haven't burnt out yet," she says with a smile. "I love this; it doesn't feel like work to me."

Delanie's caters to a niche: folks looking for a friendly, quiet spot to get work done and have a cuppa. It's not corporate, but it's also not quite as eclectic as other South Side establishments.

The ultimate goal, says Wilson: a sense of community.

"We remember your drink, remember your face," she says, noting that the shop already has a cast of regulars. "We like when new faces become familiar faces."


Delanie's Coffee. 1737 E. Carson St., South Side. Open daily, 5:30 a.m.-midnight. 412-927-4030

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