The Downtowner May 16th

Tonight’s the Night: Third Tuesday Happy Hour at Pirata
Come out to Pirata tonight at 274 Forbes Avenue from 6:00-8:30 to enjoy delicious food and drinks with fellow Downtowners and Downtown enthusiasts.
Pirata offers a menu with a Caribbean flair right in Downtown Pittsburgh. Appetizers like tuna tartare tacos and smoked pineapple guacamole, along with over 200 styles of rum, bring the flavors of the tropics to the city. As always, our guests can sample these appetizers free of charge.
Third Tuesday Happy Hour is a monthly event sponsored by the PDCDC that gives our members a taste of a different Downtown restaurant each month. If you are not currently a member of the PDCDC, you will have the chance to join at the event. All are welcome and we hope to see you there!
To RSVP, please email or call (412) 235-7263.
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Il Pizzaiolo: #strEATfestpgh Vendor

The PDCDC is proud to announce Il Pizzaiolo as a vendor at Highmark’s Italian StrEAT Festival this summer. The festival will take place between 6th and 9th street on Penn Avenue on July 8th and 9th.
With the philosophy of “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” Il Pizzaiolo offers a lunch and dinner menu stuffed full of delicious Italian cuisine. They also have a wine, dessert and catering menu at their Mt. Lebanon location. While known mainly for their pizza, they boast an impressive pasta selection as well. Try their Tagliatelle Castagne– Chestnut flour pasta, pancetta, wild mushrooms, white wine, garlic, extra virgin olive oil. If you want to stay traditional, try one of their specialty pizzas– the Bianca Verde, with Fior di latte, Wild greens, Ricotta di Bufala, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Il Pizzaiolo will be opening a new location this month in Indiana Township that will still have their homemade meals and mozzarella and their mission to continue providing authentic, Neapolitan Pizza.
Between specialized catering and private events, Il Pizzaiolo strives to be the go-to place for Pittsburgh’s best gatherings. Check their Instagram for updates and more information on upcoming locations.
Stop in today for an authentic Italian dish. Visit their website for more information and be sure stop by their booth at Highmark’s Italian StrEAT Festival this July.
We will be featuring Highmark’s Italian StrEAT Festival sponsors and vendors in The Downtowner each week until the festival! Please contact us if you want to be featured!
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BRGR Opens Location Downtown
As of yesterday, there is a new spot to enjoy burgers and shakes in the Golden Triangle.
BRGR is officially open at 535 Liberty Avenue, right on the perimeter of Market Square. The space features a large dining area, full bar, and an outdoor patio. Along with delicious food and libations, the restaurant also offers a six-pack shop, which has been long awaited by Downtowners.
If you would rather drink in house, BRGR has happy hour deals from 4 to 6 on Monday through Thursday, including half-off appetizers and draft beers. And don’t forget to grab a burger while you’re there. Some fan favorites are the Cease and Desist, which has American cheese, caramelized onions, and Thousand Island dressing, and the BRGR, which features arugula, pickled onions, oven-roasted tomatoes, and bleu cheese.
For a sweet finish, guests can either get a normal or spiked milkshake. One favorite is the Death by Chocolate, which includes cookie crumbles, brownie crumbles, chocolate, and whipped cream, finished off with a splash of chocolate vodka.
Head down to 535 Liberty to grab a burger and shake and stay tuned for more updates on BRGR’s Facebook.
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Buncher to Offer New Luxury Apartments
Buncher Co.’s $450 million Riverfront Landing complex in the Strip District is starting its next phase of development.
A four story office building will be built on Buncher-owned property at 15th and Smallman streets adjacent to the produce terminal. The land is currently used for parking.
The 14.8 million dollar project named District Fifteen will feature 105,000 square feet of space, including a first-floor high-bay area designed for research and development such as robotics and self-driving vehicles, and 150 surface parking spaces.
Buncher hopes to break ground in September and have the building completed by the third quarter of 2018.
The Strip District has become one of the fastest-growing office markets in the city. So far interest in the proposed building, designed by DLA+ Architecture and Interior Design, has been strong.
Inquiries have come from tech-based companies as well as more traditional office users. Tech companies that have settled into the Strip include Uber, Argo, Apple and Robert Bosch LLC.
The real estate is part of Buncher’s plans for the Riverfront Landing development, which would feature more than 750 units of housing, plus retail and office space, on 37 acres of Allegheny riverfront.
The District Fifteen building would be the second major development within Riverfront Landing boundaries, which stretch from the Veterans Bridge to 21st Street.
Cleveland developer NRP Group LLC is completing a 364-unit luxury apartment development on the riverfront between 19th and 21st streets under an agreement with Buncher. The apartments are expected to be ready next spring.
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UberEats Hits Pittsburgh
Ubereats has entered the Pittsburgh market, delivering food from restaurants to consumers at a minimal cost of $4.99 per trip.
“Pittsburgh has a nationally recognized food scene, it’s a city on the move so we couldn’t wait to get here,” Casey Verkamp, the general manager of UberEATS in Pennsylvania, said during a promotional event Wednesday at Franktuary in Lawrenceville.
UberEATS hopes to compete on convenience, speed and price and offer services to restaurants to help them learn more about their customers.
The company hopes its offerings, which include giving restaurants data and analytics, will differentiate them from others in the area. Any restaurant that uses UberEATS will have access to this information with the hope that this will help them understand what their customers are ordering so that they can buy the right food, adjust employee schedules to meet demand, and run their kitchens more efficiently, Verkamp said.
UberEATS also allows restaurants to contact customers directly about issues with their orders. Other services make restaurants go through them.
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Music City Downtown Weekly Calendar
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Music City Downtown Weekly Calendar 
The PDCDC Music City Downtown initiative presents our weekly music calendar.
Alex Talbot 

Wednesday, May 17 – Station Square from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Andys @ Fairmont Pittsburgh
Thursday, May 18 – Bronwyn Wyatt-Higgins from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Friday, May 19 – Kenia from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Saturday, May 20 – Tania Grubbs from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.Backstage Bar
Tuesday, May 16 – Jevon Rushton at 5:00 p.m.

Eddie V’s
Live jazz every night of the week at various times. Check out Eddie V’s website for a full calendar.

Howl at the Moon
Live music on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays at 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit Howl at the Moon’s website here.

Live music every Friday and Saturday from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Revel + Roost

Friday, May 19 – Spencer Allan Patrick from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Salsa and Bachata nights at Seviche every Tuesday from 10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

SPACE Gallery
SPACE is hosting open jam sessions every Friday night from 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. through the run of Non-Punk Pittsburgh.

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Downtown Events this Week:
Meet the Brewer – Otter Creek, Cabaret at Theater Square, 6:15 p.m.
Smithfield Critics Book Discussion Group, Carnegie Library – Downtown & Business Branch, 12:00 p.m.
Discglow Under the Dome, Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, 6:00 p.m.
EQT Children’s Theater Festival, throughout the Cultural District,
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Arcade’s Rehearsal Space, 5:30 p.m.
Daniel O’Donnell, Benedum Center, 7:30 p.m.
BNY Mellon Grand Classics: Romantic Brahms, Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, 8:00 p.m.
The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Show,

Marriott Pittsburgh City Center, 6:00 p.m.

R Kelly, Benedum Center, 8:00 p.m.
DreamAfrica’s #MoonlightStories, Point Park University’s GRW Theatre, 3:00 p.m.
Death of a Salesman, Pittsburgh Public Theater – O’Reilly Theater,
through May 21
Salsa Fridays, Cabaret at Theater Square, through August 11
through June 16
through October 31