Ten new dining spots fit to satisfy different tastes will be coming to Downtown. Their styles range from brick oven pizza to Mediterranean to a steakhouse with tableside dining service.
Alihan’s Mediterranean Cuisine
124 Sixth St.
On June 10, Alihan Hanoglu, owner of Giovanni’s Pizza and Pasta, will be opening his next restaurant. Alihan’s Mediterranean Cuisine, located across the street from Giovanni’s, will be serving customers Mediterranean specialties. Hanoglu suggests visitors try the gyro dishes, which will use all-organic meat slow-cooked on an old-fashioned grill.
“There’s definitely a need for it Downtown,” said Hanoglu. “Nobody has it here.”
Scheduled to open this summer, Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room will be replacing Tambellini’s restaurant on Seventh Street. The restaurant will feature 30 craft beers and more than 20 wines by the glass. Its artisan pizzas will be fired in a wood-burning brick oven. Proper’s Black & Gold Pie, shown on the restaurant’s Facebook page, combines roasted garlic puree, fresh rosemary, pecorino-romano cheese, Yukon Gold potato slices, and cracked black pepper.
After owning Doc’s Place in Shadyside for more than 25 years, James Mendelson will be opening Blue Line Grille and its companion rooftop lounge in Uptown this September, according to WTAE. Hockey fans will find this new addition across the street from Consol Energy Center. The restaurant will seat 200 while the lounge will be able to hold 130. The Grille will serve modern American comfort food. Matching the sports-based theme, the location will include the “Sin Bin,” an exclusive VIP penalty box.
Eddie Merlot’s has claimed a spot at Gateway Center with plans to open a 300-seat steakhouse this fall, according to an article from the Post-Gazette. The chain was started in 2001 and features tableside service giving customers the opportunity to see servers filet fish, cut steaks, and make salads.
942 Penn Ave.
The owners of Nicholas Coffee and Sienna Sulla Piazza in Market Square will be joining forces to open Sienna Mercato in the 900 block of Penn Avenue as early as October. Sienna Mercato, Italian for “marketplace”, will have two floors for dining and a rooftop deck with a bar and dinner seating with each floor having a different concept from the others. The first floor is planned to be a specialty meatball shop, the second floor will serve gourmet pizza, and the third floor rooftop deck will serve a large selection of craft beers.
Butcher in the Rye
212 Sixth St.
With business booming at Meat and Potatoes, business partners Tolga Sevdik and Richard DeShantz decided to open Butcher in the Rye at the location of former Palate Bistro, according to an article from the Pittsburgh Business Times. This restaurant will have the same farm-to-table approach as Meat and Potatoes, but they plan to have smaller dishes, priced around $12 to $14, to create a more shareable dining experience. The menu will also include a selection of Prohibition-era cocktails.
Burgatory, known for its “helluva burger and heavenly shakes,” will be expanding its chain by two when it opens locations in Downtown and the North Shore, according to co-owner Herky Pollock. The Downtown Burgatory location will be a tenant in The Gardens, a mixed-use development near Market Square, that is scheduled to open in the summer of 2014. Pollock said the restaurants will be the same as the current Burgatory locations, but he mentioned one change.
“The only difference is that North Shore will have an expansive outdoor patio area to accommodate game and event traffic,” Pollock said.
Toby Keith, a Steelers fan, had Pittsburgh in mind for a new restaurant. This country-style restaurant will be joining the North Shore with plans to open in the spring of 2014, according to a Post-Gazette article. The country singer’s chain of restaurants is known for its large portions of Southern food and live entertainment.
The newest venture of AMPd Group, owners of the nightclub Diesel in the South Side and the Steel Cactus in Shadyside, will be located on the corner of 10th Avenue and Penn Avenue. Construction on Factory 10 Kitchen will begin soon and the menu is in the process of being developed, according to co-owner Adam DeSimone. The restaurant will be modern and upscale, but DeSimone said guests won’t see any white tablecloths. He described the decor of the restaurant as “vintage cool.”
“We’re looking forward to serving Downtown residents and visitors of the Cultural District,” DeSimone said.
TBD (formerly Taste of Dahntahn)
535 Liberty Ave.
Brian Pekarcik and Richard Stern, owners of Spoon and BRGR, will be opening an American dim sum eatery at the former location of Taste of Dahntahn, according to an article from the Post-Gazette. Anyone interested in getting a taste of what the restaurant will offer can visit Spoon from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. to try Pekarcik’s dim-sum trials. The unnamed restaurant will not be an Asian restaurant, but it will Asian flavors will be a major part of the dishes. Hoping to cater to a younger crowd in Pittsburgh, the restaurant will offer late night hours.