The Downtowner

Celebrate Pittsburgh at the Community Meeting for the Proposed BRT

On Tuesday, April 4, representatives from Allegheny County, City of Pittsburgh, and Port Authority will host a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Bricolage, 937 Liberty Avenue, to discuss the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) plan. The purpose of the meeting is to update you on the status of BRT planning, answer your questions about the planning process, and collect your input on infrastructure and service options.The BRT is planned to connect Downtown, Uptown, Oakland, and other East End neighborhoods.For more details, click here.

To learn more about the BRT plan, or about the additional community open house meeting on Wednesday, April 5, visit the Port Authority’s website.


New Year, Improved Stadium

Pittsburgh baseball fans visiting PNC Park this month will be greeted by some new sights, including new scoreboards, a new style for box seating, more seats closer to the field, and improved LED lighting. The Pirates showed off the new stadium amenities to press on Thursday March 30th before the season officially opened, but fans will be able to see the improvements first hand at the Pirates first 2017 home game, which takes place on Friday the 7th against the Atlanta Braves.

The Pirates spent several million dollars during the offseason to polish the already-impressive stadium, making a substantial investment in PNC Park and the coming season. Perhaps the most obvious of these improvements is the new scoreboard, which is made to look ‘old-school’ although it is adorned with modern LED lights. As these lights attempt to imitate daylight, they should be less harsh on the eye, and will help players and fans alike to see the field better during night games. The board was installed by Warrendale Mitsubishi, and the lights were produced by Eaton Corp, whose headquarters are in Pittsburgh.

Further additions to the park include 240 new seats scattered throughout the stadium, including new Lexus Club seating close to the field, in a space formerly reserved for videographers and photographers. With more space and newer fixtures, Pirates fans are sure to be impressed by the stadium revisions, and will enjoy the 2017 season in style.

Check out the Pirates website for more information on the 2017 schedule.


Come One, Come All to Next Act Fund’s Panel Discussion on Women Entrepreneurs
This Wednesday, April 5, as part of the City of Pittsburgh’s Inclusive Innovation Week, this panel highlights the exclusion of women entrepreneurs in accessing capital. To make others aware about this gap in the resource marketplace, Yvonne Campos and Next Act Fund have put together a panel of women entrepreneurs who will be speaking about their experiences and challenges in raising capital. Also on the panel will be an experienced investor to share his insights on the capital raising process.

Next Act Fund is an Angel Fund focused on investing in women entrepreneurs throughout the greater Pittsburgh region. Though women-focused funds like Next Act exist in other parts of the country, Yvonne Campos noticed there was not a fund like this in our region. “We were missing out on the opportunities to invest in women owned and led companies with the potential for significant growth and successful exits,” she explains. Thus she founded Next Act fund last September to fill this need.

The panelists include Marion Lewis, Founder and CEO of Board Bookit, Nikki Navta, Founder and CEO of Zulama, Sophia Berman, Co-Founder and CEO of Trusst Lingerie, and Will Frederick, experienced investor and Founder and Managing Partner of RightPlace Enterprises. Yvonne Campos will act as panel moderator.

The event will be held at SmartSolution Technologies on 831 West North Ave, from 5-7pm. There will be a meet and greet before the panel begins. It is free and open to the public! You can RSVP here.


8th Annual Golden Luncheon

Rep. Jake Wheatley and The People’s Office will present their 8th Annual Golden Luncheon on April 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from at Point Park University Student Center, 5th Floor, 330 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh.

Representatives from state, county and local agencies, as well as other vendors, will provide information for seniors on health care, volunteer opportunities, prescription drug plans and more.

The event also offers a complimentary lunch, entertainment, games and giveaways.

However, spaces are limited, so please RSVP by calling 412-471-7760.

Rep. Wheatley and his staff hope to see you there!


Cafe 808: A New Sandwich Spot

In early March, the Downtown Arts District welcomed a new addition to Pittsburgh’s food scene, called Cafe 808. Located at 808 Penn Ave, Cafe 808’s owners ran an Italian Bakery in Greentree from 2002 until this past August, when the building’s owner sold the property to Burger King. Dave, the bakery’s owner, decided to find a new space near Downtown, and with his Greentree staff in tow, expanded the bakery’s menu to include more lunch options.

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David says that many of the Italian Bakery’s Greentree customers have followed him to the new location, still craving the flavors of the bakery, which remain delicious constants in the new Cafe 808 menu. In addition to brewing La Prima coffee, espresso, cold brews, and iced tea, the cafe specializes in sandwiches. Some of the favorites include the Italian Club–a heaven for meat-lovers–stacked with ham, salami, capicola, and provolone cheese, and the addictive creamy sundried tomato vinaigrette dressing. Dave’s own menu favorites include the homemade chicken salad and “any of the chicken sandwiches”. The menu also includes several homemade soups–including an Italian Wedding Soup recipe that Dave inherited from his grandmother–and endless specialty sandwiches. Cafe 808 will even make food unique to a customer’s taste, like the crowd-favorite banana and nutella sandwich.

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Cafe 808 also specializes in lunch delivery, and pride themselves on being able to feed parties of up to 30 on short notice, providing lunch options like sandwich rings, meat and cheese platters, and chicken romano. Additionally, Cafe 808 plans to broaden their delivery reach through internet services like Grubhub, Eat24, and UberEATS, which they plan on incorporating in the coming months.

Although Cafe 808 is still new, Dave and his crew are optimistic about the new space and fresh customer base. “I’m excited about where we are and what we do,” says David. “We’re a sandwich place–I think we’ll find a home anywhere.” It’s as simple as that.

Find out more info on Cafe 808 by checking out their website or emailing them at


Downtown Events this Week:

Community Presentation about Bus Rapid Transit, 5:30 p.m., Bricolage Production Company
The Reel Story: Hell or High Water, 12:15 p.m., Carnegie Library Downtown
Pittsburgh Penguins v. Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:00 p.m., PPG Paints Arena

April Juice, 5:30 p.m., The Yard in Market Square
Bon Jovi-This House is Not for Sale Tour, 7:30 p.m., PPG Paints Arena

The Man Who Planted Trees, 10:00 a.m., Trust Arts Education Center

Opening Reception– “so it is”, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., The Mattress Factory
Pittsburgh Pirates v. Atlanta Braves (Home Opener), 1:00 p.m., PNC Park
Multiple Choice: Craft Theater, 8:00 p.m., August Wilson Center

Volunteer Open House, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., The Mattress Factory

Pittsburgh Indie Comix Expo, 11:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., August Wilson Center

Ongoing Events
Daddy Long Legs, Mar 9- Apr 9, O’Reilly Theater
Tekko 2017, Apr 5- Apr 9, David Lawrence Convention Center
Banff Mountain Film Festival, Apr 8- Apr 9, Byham Theater
Canali Spring Trunk Show: Peter Belci, Apr 6- Apr 8, Larrimor’s
Magnanni Trunk Show: Colin Combes, Apr 6- Apr 8, Larrimor’s