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Openings, renovations, and menu changes: this week's restaurant news all in one place

click to enlarge PHOTO: BRICK SHOP
Photo: Brick Shop

No one could blame you if you have trouble keeping track of Pittsburgh's robust and sometimes chaotic restaurant scene. It’s hard to stay on top of all the most noteworthy dining events in a given week. That’s why we’ve broken down this week’s food headlines in this handy Pittsburgh food guide below.

Brick Shop

Brick Shop is housed on the bottom floor of the new TRYP hotel in Lawrenceville. It’s the building’s second restaurant – the rooftop hosts Over Eden – and has been open since early September. The morning menu is filled with new-to-Pittsburgh dishes, like khachapuri, a Georgian bread filled with cheese and eggs. For now, the restaurant is only open for breakfast, but there are plans for lunch and dinner in the future. 

Baby Loves Tacos Taqueria + Market

A beloved Bloomfield taco joint is moving into Millvale. The former home of Tazza d’Oro on Grant Ave. will be transformed into a taqueria and market. The new space will be a massive upgrade from the tiny Bloomfield shop, with “ample elbow room,” the owners say in an Instagram post

Oishii Donburi

The owners of Oshii Bento in Oakland are opening a second restaurant, Oishii Donburi, in Lawrenceville. 

Fig & Ash

This North Side “farm to flame” eatery has been fighting its way through construction woes, but seems to be inching closer to an opening date. When the “gut renovation” is finished, the restaurant will serve a menu inspired by French and Italian cuisines using their wood-fired oven. 

Coop de Ville

Chicken is the leading ingredient on the menu at Coop de Ville, a new concept from the Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group (owners of Poulet Bleu, Meat & Potatoes, Pork & Beans, Butcher and the Rye, Fish nor Fowl, and täkō). Think fried chicken sandwiches, pie, and great sides. The restaurant is slated to open in 2019.


The DeShantz Group’s second anticipated opening is gi-jin, a raw bar that’s said to “reimagine the sushi experience.” It’s an intimate space decorated by a stunning Jeremy Raymer mural (a massive dragon previewed by The Incline in March). The website says they will soon be taking reservations, but that’s the only clue of an opening date. 

Frick Park Tavern

Ease, Regent Square’s spot for comfort food, is rebranding as the Frick Park Tavern. The restaurant has been closed since June to complete renovations and plans to reopen on Oct. 22. 

Steel City Subs

Mangiamo, Smallman Galley’s Italian concept, has left to make room for subs. Steel City Subs, which officially opened Oct. 10, is a classic sub shop with a Pittsburgh twist (take the 40th & Butler sandwich for example). The rest of the menu includes salads, power bowls, and drinks. 


click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JORDAN SNOWDEN
CP Photo: Jordan Snowden

Bae Bae’s Cafe

The insanely popular Downtown eatery, Bae Bae’s Kitchen, is expanding. Bae Bae’s Cafe will be located right down the road from their current Liberty Ave. kitchen. It will be focused on boba tea and Korean bites along with typical, café-style soups and sandwiches. 

Mi Empanada

Mi Empanada, a pop-up and catering company, is moving into their first brick-and-mortar. The eatery is bringing Argentinian-American empanadas to Butler St. in Lawrenceville. There’s no expected opening date yet; keep an eye on their social pages for updates. 

4Four6 Distillery

A women-owned distillery is coming soon to Sharpsburg. Once up-and-running, 4Four6 Distillery plans to produce gin, rum, and bourbon. An opening date is in the near future – sign up for their email list to stay in the loop!

The Speckled Egg

The Speckled Egg is bringing breakfast to The Union Trust Building Downtown. There’s no opening date yet, but when it arrives, look out for more than just waffles and bacon. The restaurant plans to serve lunch and happy hour, along with grab-n-go items. 

The Eagle

The Eagle, a massive food and beer hall, is supposedly moving into the bottom floor of the Eighth and Penn development. The restaurant promises fried chicken, fried chicken, and more fried chicken. Plus, beer!

The Coop Chicken & Waffles

Pittsburgh’s popular chicken & waffles food truck is getting a brick-and-mortar on the Northside. The former location of Rita’s on East Ohio St. will be the stationary home for The Coop. 


Chef Blair Hohn III is making true comfort food in Shadyside. Tucked away inside an office building, Sålł’s “American classics reimagined,” are capturing the hearts of Pittsburghers everywhere. Look for a rotating menu of classics like Devonshire, roast beef sandwiches, and gyros. 

Chicken Latino

This Strip District Peruvian spot has announced plans to move to Beechview by 2020. 

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