The Downtowner

In This Issue:
Third Tuesday Happy Hour at Poros
ZingBasket Delivery Service
Condado Opens First Pittsburgh Location
Best Places to Explore Downtown
Romeo & Juliet: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Finale
Downtown Events this Week


Third Tuesday Happy Hour Heads to Poros

Join us for Third Tuesday Happy Hour on April 18th from 6:00-8:30pm at Poros, a mediterranean seafood restaurant located in Market Square. In early 2017, Poros was voted one of the Top 100 Dining Spots in America, which comes as no surprise to many downtowners, considering the popularity of menu items like the Baba Ghanoush, Ouzo Cured Salmon, and Baklava Ice Cream. In addition to their food, Poros features a large bar and an outdoor patio, making the restaurant a great dining spot for downtowners looking for a sophisticated dining environment.

All are welcome to the event, but PDCDC members will receive free appetizers during their visit. If you’re not a member of PDCDC and wish to sign up, you can do so during the event at Poros, or online under the “memberships” tab on our website.

We hope to see you there!

Please RSVP to, or call 412-235-7263.


Get Your Groceries Delivered Right to your Door with ZingBasket

Do you ever wish there was a way you could run errands without leaving the comfort of your own home? Whether it’s a cold, snowy day in Pittsburgh, or you have a busy schedule, leaving the house to grocery shop can be quite a chore. Luckily, ZingBasket is at your service.

ZingBasket is a grocery delivery service located in the Pittsburgh region. By ordering via ZingBasket’s website, in just thirty to forty five minutes, you could have your entire grocery list delivered to your front door! Varol Ablak, the owner of ZingBasket, says, “We have access to over 3,000 items, including many brand names.” Deliveries are made from 9 AM to 10 PM, seven days a week. Ablak hopes to transition to 24/7 delivery in the coming months.

ZingBasket delivers to neighborhoods in Pittsburgh like Downtown, Oakland, and Mt. Washington, as well as other neighboring townships. In the next few months, Ablak is hoping to franchise the business into the North Hills and Shadyside.

On the next rainy day, instead of braving the elements, why not give ZingBasket a try?


Condado Opens First Pittsburgh Location
Condado, a top-tier taco establishment based in Columbus, Ohio, opened its first Pittsburgh location last month at 971 Liberty Avenue. The 160-seat restaurant serves build-your-own tacos, featuring fresh ingredients like jicama and cabbage slaw, thai chili tofu, cilantro and lime aioli, and pineapple salsa. For those who would rather order off of a menu, Condado also offers “taco suggestions” with such options as “Poncho’s Ghost,” which includes a hard corn shell, pulled pork, tomatoes, onions, red cabbage, chihuahua cheese, and a ghost pepper sauce.

To complement the tacos of your choice, Condado has a wide variety of margaritas, beers, and whiskeys. The restaurant also accommodates vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan diets. One vegan option, for example, is the “Vegan Hesher,” which includes a hard corn and a soft flour tortilla, guacamole, grilled portabello mushrooms, corn salsa, salsa verde, and pickled jalapenos.

During happy hour-Monday through Friday from 4 to 7-the restaurant offers $1 off tacos and half-price margaritas. Plus, on the weekend from 12 to 3, you can get brunch, including build-your-own brunch tacos and Bloody Marys.

Be sure to visit Condado at 971 Liberty Avenue soon to get a taste of their award-winning tacos and drinks.


Best Places to Explore Downtown this Spring

As the days get longer and warmer, here are some fun ways to explore the city of Pittsburgh and enjoy the outdoors.

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Rediscover the City You Love! There is always more to discover about Pittsburgh’s rich and complex history! Whether you are a tourist or a Yinzer born and raised, tours of the ‘Burgh are a fun way to spend an afternoon.

Learn interesting facts about the city and enjoy the outdoors by going on a Downtown Pittsburgh bike tour! Bike the Burgh leads a group of people on daily bike tours, rain or shine. If you’re interested, head to their website to learn more.

Are you more comfortable on two feet than on two wheels? Why not try a running tour of Pittsburgh instead? Pittsburgh Running Tours take you on a tour of Downtown, Oakland, the North Shore, and many other neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. Check out their website to see when the next tour takes off in the neighborhood of your choice.

Enjoy Dinner and Drinks Outside! As the days get longer, catch a gorgeous sunset while sipping on drinks, munching on appetizers, and devouring delectable entreés. Here are some of the best places to eat when the sun is shining!

Nola on the Square–Featuring live jazz music, a Nouveau Creole menu, and plenty of patio seating, you are sure to have a dining experience unlike any other. Head to Nola on the Square’s website to peruse their menu and find out more.

Meat and Potatoes— Classic American dishes with a fancy flair, everyone is sure to find something they like at Meat and Potatoes! Outdoor and indoor seating is available for the customer to choose from. Make your reservation today.

Seviche— A fun and vibrant spot to grab drinks, listen to music, and get a taste of Nuevo Latino Cuisine! Outdoor seating is available to take in the sights of the surrounding Cultural District. Make a reservation and take a look at their menu here.

Ride a Historic Incline for a Panoramic View of Pittsburgh’s Skyline! Relics of Pittsburgh’s steel and coal industry, two inclines remain to take citizens and tourists to new heights! Get a great view of the city at minimal cost by taking the Duquesne or Monongahela incline.

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Explore Randyland! Home of Pittsburgh artist Randy Gilson, Randyland is a free museum open to the public. Explore the many art pieces and outdoor displays for a nice pop of color in your day! Find out more information on Randyland’s website.

Spend an Evening on the North Shore! Catch a concert at Stage AE, explore the Andy Warhol Museum or the Carnegie Science Center, and take a walk along the North Shore Riverfront Park! There is nothing like watching the sunset over the Allegheny River. There are many fun things to do in the North Shore, especially when the weather is warm and the sun is shining.
Let the warm weather energize you to enjoy America’s most livable city! Happy exploring!


Romeo & Juliet: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Finale

From April 21st-23rd, Pittsburgh residents have the opportunity to attend the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s final performance of the 2016-2017 season. The finale is a dramatic rendition of choreographer Derek Deane’s Romeo and Juliet, and will be staged in five performances between the 21st and 23rd at the Benedum Theatre. PDCDC members will be offered a 30% discount on the show’s tickets, redeemable by visiting, clicking the ‘buy tickets’ button and using promo code PBTRJ17.

Deane’s Romeo and Juliet features opulent costume and scenic designs by Roberta Guidi di Bagno, a native of Italy, and new lighting designs by Michael Korsch. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Music Director and Conductor, Charles Barker, will lead the PBT Orchestra in Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s famous score.

Derek Deane’s ballet adaptation is a classic reading of Shakespeare’s story of star-crossed lovers, designed in the decadent aesthetic of Renaissance Verona. Standout settings in the PBT show are the moonlit balcony scene and the eerie crypt scene with its somber procession of candle-bearing monks.

The dancing in Romeo and Juliet follows its own character arc, from the lovers’ rapturous first encounter to their tragic reunion in the crypt. The choreography also capitalizes on the physicality of the male dancers in dueling scenes between the Montagues and Capulets and raises tensions with frenzied sword-fighting sequences. In addition to the character development of Romeo and Juliet, roles to watch include the fiery Tybalt and stony Lady Capulet, spotlighted in a heartrending reaction to the death of her nephew.

Tickets for Romeo and Juliet start at $28, and are available on PBT’s website, by calling 412-456-6666, or visiting the Box Office at Theater Square. Groups of 8 or more can save up to 50 percent on tickets by calling 412-454-9101 or emailing

Interested in the show? Don’t forget about your 30% PDCDC member discount! Not a PDCDC member? Go to our website and click on the “memberships” tab to sign up.


Romeo and Juliet Performance Times at the Benedum Theatre
-Friday, April 21, 2017 – 8:00 p.m.
-Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 2:00 p.m.
-Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 8:00 p.m.
-Sunday, April 23, 2017 – 12:00 p.m.
-Sunday, April 23, 2017 – 4:30 p.m.


Downtown Events this Week:

Pittsburgh Pirates v. Cincinnati Reds, 7:00 p.m., PNC Park
Page to Screen: Sully, 12:15 p.m., Carnegie Library Downtown

Pittsburgh Pirates v. Cincinnati Reds, 7:00 p.m., PNC Park

St. John Pre Fall/Fall 2016 Trunk Show, 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., Larrimor’s
Sound Series: Mark Eitzel and Howe Gelb, 8:00 p.m., Andy Warhol Museum

Pump Boys & Dinettes, 7:30 p.m., Cabaret at Theater Square

Confident City Cycling Class-Downtown, 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., Grant Street Transportation Center
Spotlight! Monologue Night, 7:00 p.m., Future Tenant
Saturday Silver Screen: Moana, 2:30 p.m., Carnegie Library Downtown
TedxYouth@Shadyside, 9:00 a.m., August Wilson Center

Ongoing Events
Fun Home, Apr 11- Apr 16, Heinz Hall
Let’s Speak English, Apr 14- Apr 28, Carnegie Library Downtown
Free Tours at the Old Allegheny County Jail Museum, Apr 3- Apr 24, Allegheny County Court of the Common Pleas-Family Division
Worth New York Spring and Summer Womenswear Trunk Show, Apr 11- Apr 20, 100 Fifth Ave, 10th Floor. Text style strategist Bear Brandegee for your appointment at 412-877-0464.