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Pittsburgh News You Should Know About
Check out the latest and greatest news in Pittsburgh below. This page is updated regularly with the latest news added at the top.
Necromancer Closing Permanently
Popular local brewery, Necromancer, is permanently closing. The brewery had seemingly had issues with its license and decided not to re-open. Midnight Whistler and other projects are now no longer.
Pizza Lupo Adding Lunch, Slices, and Sandwiches
Lawrenceville based pizzeria, Pizza Lupo, known for massive pies, is expanding. Starting March 4th, the restaurant will be open for lunch service and will be adding pizza by the slice and sandwiches to the menu.
Taqueria El Pastorcito Opening Tienda Mexicana El Pastorcito in Monroeville
Taqueria el Pastorcito is expanding with a new storefront in Monroeville. No further information is available as to what will be provided at the new store, Tienda Mexicana el Pastorcito, so be on the lookout for more information as it comes.
The Wheel Mill Closing March 18th
Popular indoor bike park, The Wheel Mill, is closing on March 18th. The owners cited reduced demand during winter due to warming temperatures and other economic concerns as primary issues.
Stunt Pig Finds a Permanent Home in 2024
Popular local food truck, Stunt Pig, has found a permanent home. Starting in mid-2024, they will be found permanently at Trace's new Uptown location. All the Pig Wings and Mr. Orange sandwiches in one predictable spot? We're in.
Station in Bloomfield to Close February 16th
Popular modern dining restaurant, Station, announced they will be closing and final service is February 16th as the chef is moving to Tennessee. A closing party will take place on the 17th with a few pop-ups said to be coming in the spring.
Acclamation Brewing Moving to 10.7 Marina
Verona-based Acclamation Brewing is moving. In early March, the popular area brewery will find a new home at 10.7 Marina. Post kayaking beers? We can't say no to that.
412 Brewing is Now Late Addition Brewing
Western Avenue based 412 Brewing appears to have been acquired and has been renamed Late Addition Brewing. Details are a bit sparse right now, but we hope to see some new brews and more information coming out soon!
La Palapa Coming to Lawrence Hall in Lawrenceville
The Lawrenceville-based food hall, aptly named Lawrence Hall, has announced their third tenant for this year's opening- La Palapa! This Mexican restaurant has a stellar taco cart and a permanent restaurant in South Side, and we are excited to see them expand to Lawrenceville!
Carnegie Science Center Receives Massive Donation and a Rename
The Carnegie Science Center has received a $65 million dollar donation and will be renamed the Daniel G. and Carole L. Kamin Science Center. We look forward to seeing what changes will be made to the museum with this generous donation!
Pusadee's Garden and Apteka Nominated for James Beard Awards
Two local restaurants, Pusadee's Garden (Thai) and Apteka (vegan Eastern European), have been nominated for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic by the James Beard foundation. We wish them the best of luck in winning!
Crapteka by Apteka Returns for Three Weeks Only
The vegan Eastern European restaurant Apteka (arguably our favorite restaurant in the city at the moment), is bringing back their popular Crapteka vegan burger pop-up this January and February. Yes, their pierogi and other dishes are taking a break for three weeks as vegan burgers and sunflower milkshakes are the name of the game starting January 19th through February 4th.
Barcelona Wine Bar Open in the Cultural District
The regional Spanish tapas and wine bar, Barcelona Wine Bar, is now having a soft open for its new Pittsburgh location in the Cultural District downtown. Grab a glass of Spanish wine and enjoy some lovely tapas next time you are downtown!
We do not have a good press release for this one at this time; however, we have received direct confirmation that the restaurant is in its soft open.
Adda Closes All Locations Effective Immediately
Popular local coffee chain, Adda Coffee, has announced on Instagram that all locations are closing effective immediately. The official statement suggests that the chain was running without profit; however, ample comments are suggesting it is in response to employees deciding to form a union.
Greenhouse Coop Open in Greenfield
Like cider? How about plants? How about drinking cider while shopping for plants? Greenhouse Coop is now open in Greenfield and will allow just that! No matter what your interest, this small shop in Greenfield is a real treat!
Mechanic Coffee Opens New Shadyside Location
Verona-based, Mechanic Coffee, is expanding. They are now in the city of Pittsburgh with a new location at 5830 Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside. Grand opening details are to come at a later date.
Breeze Airways Adds Pittsburgh to San Diego Route
Budget based carrier, Breeze Airways, is adding another route to its arsenal. The latest flight route will connect Pittsburgh to San Diego, California, and will expand our access to the west coast. As of publishing, flights appear to be available on Friday and Monday and take approximately 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours depending on direction.
El Rincon Oaxaqueno Opens Brick and Mortar on Brownsville Road
Popular Mexican food truck, El Rincon Oaxaqueno, is making moves with the opening of a permanent brick and mortar restaurant at 2614 Brownsville Road. The grand opening celebration was on January 8th and the restaurant will seemingly be open Monday to Saturday (presently take out only).
Leon's Caribbean Allentown Open After Fire
In 2022, Leon's Caribbean in Allentown closed after a fire. The restaurant announced that renovations are complete and they are serving their delicious Caribbean foods once again! Now if you'll excuse us, we need to get our fix of the escovitch wings.
Maggie's Farm Rum Opens Second Location
Popular Strip District-based rum distillery, Maggie's Farm Rum, is expanding. Their new location in Upper St. Clair is opening for operations on December 20th. The original Strip District location will remain open as a cocktail bar and retail outlet.
Burghers Brewing Open in the Highline in South Side
The local burgher and brewery chain, Burghers, is opening a new location in the Highline in South Side just next to Station Square. The location is currently in its soft open with burger and four-pack sales and is expected to have a grand opening soon.
Secretos Open in Homestead
The Puerto Rican restaurant, Secretos, has finally found a new home right in the heart of West Homestead. They are now open and serving up their delicious cuisine at 145 E 8th Avenue.
Kujira Sushi Bar Open in Shadyside
Kujira Sushi has taken over the former space of The Yard in Shadyside and is designed to be an all-you-can-eat sushi experience with options for sake, whiskey, and more as well!
Union Brothers Brewing Moved Locations
Harmony's resident brewery, Union Brothers Brewing, has moved. Thankfully, the move was simply from the outskirts of Harmony to the central business district proper, but the tasting room can now be enjoyed at 270 Mercer Street!
Seven Springs Opening on December 15th
Seven Springs announced that the first day of the 2023-2024 ski season will be December 15th starting at 9am. Operations will begin Friday to Sunday with limited trail openings, with more trails and hours to follow.
Stew Wood Fired Fusion Now Open
Stew Wood Fired Fusion, serving artisan sandwiches and stews with European and Latin influence, is now open in Oakland in the former Fuel and Fuddle location on Oakland Avenue.
Lawrence Hall's First Tenants Announced
Lawrence Hall is presently being developed right in the heart of Butler Street, and two tenants have been announced. The first concept, Loaded, will have loaded Korean corn dogs, gourmet shasmburgers, fries, churros, and more. Second, Leona's Ice Cream Sandwiches will be opening their first scoop shop as well!
Ponfeigh Distillery Open in Somerset County
Fancy a small batch distillery in Somerset County? Ponfeigh Distillery is now open for bottle sales and tours. As lovers of Pennsylvania rye whiskey, we look forward to seeing what this producer creates in the coming years!
Pittsburgh Museum of Illusions to Open December 21st
Like optical illusions and other designs that aren't quite like what they seem? You're in luck! Pittsburgh is getting a new museum, the aptly named Museum of Illusions, on the North Shore and it is set to open on December 21st! This museum is part of the Museum of Illusions group with locations all over the world.
Cuvee Bottle Shop Open in Squirrel Hill
The team behind popular Pittsburgh bars like Hidden Harbor, Lorelei, and Golden Age have a new venture in Squirrel Hill- Cuvee Bottle Shop! This one takes some of the best beers and wines that were available at Independent Brewing and scales it up with an even more impressive offering of great wine, rare beer, and more.
Quantum Spirits Closing Distillery
Carnegie-based distillery, Quantum Spirits, has announced that they are closing distillery operations. This comes after the distillery closed the cocktail bar at the distillery earlier in 2023. Pick up a bottle of your favorite while you can!
We have been fortunate enough to become friends with Ryan and Sarah (and team) over the years and with them all the best!
Jak's Bakery Opening in Bloomfield
Jak's Bakery, known for making delicious Bulgarian baked goods like banitsa and kifla, is opening their Bloomfield storefront on Sunday November 26th. Head over to 4310 Main Street to say hello and pick up a delicious pastry!
Alberta's Pizza Announces Brick and Mortar
Pittsburgh pizza truck, Alberta's, posted a cryptic update on Facebook announcing a brick and mortar location to open in 2024. At this time we do not know anymore details, but when we followed up with “Please say North Side,” they replied “North Side”- either poking fun at us or confirming a long standing suspicion that they'll be at a prime spot.
Wise County Cafe Open in the North Side
The farmer's market biscuit producer, Wise County Biscuits, has opened a brick and mortar cafe and restaurant in the North Side on Galveston Avenue. The aptly named Wise County Cafe is now open at 911 Galveston with a ton of delicious sandwiches, biscuits to go, and more.
Convive Coffee Opens on the North Shore
One of our favorite area coffee shops is expanding. Convive Coffee now has a North Shore location at 225 North Shore Drive open from 7-7 in its first weeks. Get your coffee fix on by the stadiums now!
Space Bar Opening on Light Up Night
The molecular mixology bar, Space Bar, is going to have a limited soft opening starting on Light Up Night in Market Square. Pop out of the cold and grab a libation to check them out!
Tom Friday's Under New Ownership
One of our favorite area butcher shops, Tom Friday's in Brighton Heights, has sold so the owner will retire. The location is said to remain a butcher shop and storefront.
Taqueria Acosta Opening at Big Spring Spirits Seven Fields
Popular food popup, Taqueria Acosta, announced that they will be starting full food service at Big Spring Spirits in Seven Fields starting November 1st. They will operate in the evenings Wednesday to Friday and be open for brunch on Saturdays.
Colombino Coffee Moving Out of the Strip District
Popular Colombian coffee shop, aptly named Colombino, has closed its Strip District location outside of Reyna's. The coffee shop has opened up a drive-up cart in the South Hills at 1501 W Liberty Avenue to serve its popular coffee and food. Their second location in Bethel Park remains open.
Mindful Brewing Temporarily Closing
Popular South Hills brewery Mindful Brewing, announced a temporary closure on November 6th. They did not provide a reason for the closure nor a potential date for opening, and simply listed it as a “goodbye for now”.
Alta Via Opening in Market Square
The modern Italian restaurant, Alta Via, is getting a second location in Pittsburgh right in the heart of Market Square in the former Poros and Molinaro space. The restaurant is expected to open at the end of October.
Balvanera Argentinian to Open in the Strip District November 8th
A new, modern Argentinian restaurant, Balvanera, is set to open in the Strip District on November 8th. Details are a bit spares as of now, but reservations are expected to open by the end of October.
Lilith Opening November 2nd
Lilith, the much anticipated Shadyside restaurant by Dianne DeStefano and Jamilka Borges, is set to open to the public on November 2nd. Reservations for seating are expected to open soon.
Light Up Night Returns November 18th
One of our favorite annual events, Light Up Night, is returning for another season on Saturday, November 18th, 2023. The formal date remains to be the Saturday before Thanksgiving after being moved from Friday several years ago.
Nak Won Garden Re-Opens
Shadyside's popular Korean restaurant, Nak Won Garden has re-opened after being closed for several months in 2023.
Space Bar Coming to Market Square
Pittsburgh really is becoming a space city, and for those who want to get in on the fun, a new cocktail bar is coming to Market Square that is set to be out of this world- literally! Space Bar is a molecular mixology cocktail bar opening this fall and will offer an immersive starship experience and inventive cocktails using science and unique flavor combinations.
Antney's Ice Cream Final Day of Season is October 8th
Popular local scoop shop, Antney's Ice Cream, will be closing down for the season after October 8th. So if you are in the mood for one last scoop or a pint for later, now is your chance to visit one (or many) more time!
Poetry Lounge Opening in Millvale
Local cocktail master, Sean Enright, has a new cocktail bar opening Wednesday, October 4th, in Millvale. Poetry Lounge replaces Whisper Nest and is a welcomed addition to the Millvale libations scene!
Deadfish on Indefinite Hiatus
The popular Thai/barbecue food popup, deadfish, has announced they will be on indefinite hiatus as the chef is moving overseas. An Instagram Story post suggested a possible return, but for now this one appears to be closed.
Spice Island Tea House Closing
Oakland staple, Spice Island Tea House, will be closing at the end of September after 28 years in operation. The last day for dine-in service will be September 28th and takeout September 30th.
Page Dairy Mart Last Day of Season Announced
South Side's popular ice cream shop, Page Dairy Mart, announced the final day of the 2023 season will be October 16th. Customers are advised that the 16th will be a partial day of operations with hours to be announced.
Double Wide Grill Rebranding (Plus a Halloween Popup)
South Side staple, Double Wide Grill, will be serving its final meal on October 1st and will be transitioning over to a new concept, Spork Island Trading Company (with the former Spork Pit BBQ of Garfield) in early 2024. Throughout the month of October, a pop-up bar will be present called The Cannibal Clown Cafe.
The Yard Shadyside Closing End of September
The popular local grilled cheese restaurant, The Yard, will be closing its Shadyside location at the end of September after nine years. They are said to be looking for a new location in the East End and the other locations will remain open.
Kura Sushi Opening September 17th
The revolving sushi restaurant chain, Kura Sushi, is opening its first Pittsburgh location at South Side Works on Sunday, September 17th at noon. The first 100 guests on the 17th, 18th, and 19th will receive a free tote bag. Regular hours will begin Wednesday, September 20th. The restaurant will operate seven days a week.
Row House Cinemas Expanding with Acquisition of Dormont Theater
Popular independent movie house, Row House Cinemas, has acquired the Hollywood Theater in Dormont. They will be hosting a free open house on October 1st and a lineup of Halloween inspired movies will follow throughout the month.
Blue Dust in Homestead Closing
The popular Homestead gastropub, Blue Dust, announced they will be closing on September 17th after 15 years in business.
Deutschtown Deli Now Open
The team behind Fig & Ash and Fat Cat are expanding their East Ohio Street dominance with the opening of Detuschtown Deli. Even better? Brothmonger will be making soups there, too!
The fast casual deli is located in the former Coop Chicken & Waffles location at the intersection with Cedar and is open Monday to Fridays from 10am to 3pm.
Back to the Foodture Becomes The Foodture
The popular burger and wings restaurant, Back to the Foodture, announced it was closing permanently a few weeks ago due to copyright lawsuits with Universal Studios. Now, the restaurant is seemingly re-opening its Uptown location with a slightly changed name, The Foodture. The South Side location is said to remain closed at this time.
Three Brothers Bagels Opens in Glenshaw
A new bagel shop, Three Brothers Bagels, is opening on August 22nd at 1718 Mount Royal Blvd in Glenshaw, PA. The bakery is said to make hand rolled bagels using flour from Butler, PA. The store will be open Tuesday to Saturdays from 7am to 2pm.
Cinderlands Foederhouse Rebrands
Cinderlands Beer Co. has changed the concept of their Lawrenceville location, the Foederhouse, to become a sandwich and beer shop called Long Story Short. The new concept opened its doors on August 15th.
Two Area Breweries Closing Soon
Two area breweries, Arboretum Trail Brewing Co in Pittsburgh's Larimer neighborhood and Mastic Trail Brewing in Glenshaw have announced they will both be closing shortly. Arboretum's last day has been announced as August 31st and Mastic Trail's last day is September 2nd. Arboretum is likely still planning to brew and will be focusing on distribution for the time being.
Flowers Meet Fashion at Phipps Extended
The flower show, Flowers Meet Fashion: Inspired by Billy Porter, has been extended at Phipps Conservatory for another time. This gorgeous flower show will now run at the conservatory through September 10th. Reservations are strongly recommended.
New Pop-Up Bar at Butcher and the Rye
After a decent run as an Apres Ski themed bar in the winter, downtown restaurant Butcher and the Rye is back with a new pop-up bar concept focusing on tropical drinks with a tiki-like vibe. As of now, this one is open Friday and Saturday nights and does not accept reservations.
Wilson's Bar-B-Q Re-Opening in a New Location
The North Side barbecue staple, Wilson's Bar-B-Q is re-opening after the 2019 fire destroyed their location in the Mexican War Streets. The new Wilson's will be located at 2615 Perrysville in Perry South. Grand opening weekend is August 11th and 12th from 12 to 7pm.
Galley at Bakery Square Becomes City Kitchen
The popular restaurant, Galley at Bakery Square (sister restaurant to Federal Galley in the North Side) is no more. The owners of the building terminated their lease with the galley operators and are moving forward with new concepts under the new City Kitchen branding.
The Colombian Spot Opening Stew Wood Fire Fusion
The team behind the popular restaurant, The Colombian Spot, have announced they are opening a new restaurant concepted called Stew – Wood Fire Fusion. At this time no further details have been provided on the menu, tentative opening date, and others, but it looks like this restaurant is likely going to be located in Oakland.
Beers at the Bosque in Schenley Plaza Announced
Have you ever wanted to enjoy a nice cold pint in one of our local parks? Well, during the Beers at the Bosque popup you can do just that. On August 4th and 5th and September 14th and 15th the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will be transforming the Bosque space at Schenley Park into a beer garden with 11th Hour Brewing Co!
Necromancer Opening 86'd Speakeasy with Goodlander Cocktails
Necromancer has teased a new speakeasy, named Necromancer's 86'd, coming soon. This one is a partnership with Goodlander Cocktails. The speakeasy is invite only and information will exclusively be sent via snail mail and text message monthly. At this time, other details are being kept secret!
Con Alma Shadyside to Switch to Private Events
The popular music-forward restaurant, Con Alma, is transitioning its Shadyside location to a special and private event space only. The restaurant's final public day of operation will be July 29th and the first private event will feature trumpeter John D'Earth on August 5th. Tickets are $20 with a two drink minimum required- no food service will be available. Con Alma Downtown Pittsburgh will still operate as a full-service restaurant.
Back to the Foodture Closing
The popular sandwich and wings restaurant, Back to the Foodture, known for monster sandwiches and unique flavor combinations, is closing on August 16th. In a statement released on Facebook, the restaurant said “we cannot fight Universal Studios any longer”, pointing to possible issues revolving around the branding/name.
Pittsburgh Winery Moving Across the Street
After 4 1/2 years, the Strip District staple, Pittsburgh Winery, is finally moving back into their original location after a long renovation. The final event at the current location (2710 Penn) will be Sunday July 16th from 3:30 to 6PM and the first event at the new (original) location, 2809 Penn, will be Saturday July 22nd at 9PM. Keep up to date by following Pittsburgh Winery on Instagram.
4Four6 Distillery Closing
Sharpsburg's resident distillery, 4Four6, announced they will be closing permanently in the near future. A final date has not been announced.
Steel City Big Pour's Final Beer Festival Announced
The local re-use center, Construction Junction, announced that this year's Steel City Big Pour (their 16th) will be their last. The aptly named “The Last Pour” event will take place in Rockwell Park on October 7th from 5 to 8pm. Tickets go on sale July 17th at noon. Stay up-to-date with event information by following the CJ Big Pour on Instagram.
Liberty Pole Spirits Opening New Distillery Location July 15th
Renowned local distillery, Liberty Pole Spirits, is expanding into a new location in Washington, PA, on 800 Adios Drive with a grand opening on July 15th. The original location in downtown Washington is now closed. More information and how to book tours for the grand opening can be found here.
Keep up to date with the latest happenings from Liberty Pole Spirits by following them on Instagram.
Taqueria Acosta Opening at The Distillery in South Side
The New Mexican taco food popup, Taqueria Acosta, announced that they have signed a lease to be a resident restaurant in The Distillery in South Side near Station Square. This facility is presently being renovated by Big Spring Spirits and is said to have seven different food concepts included when the space is finished.
Three Museums Offering Free Admission in August
The Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) announced that the Andy Warhol Museum, the Heinz History Center, and the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh will have free admission for the entire month of August to celebrate their award in the USA Today 10Best Reader's Choice competition. Guests are asked to book the free tickets online in advance as the museums are expected to be quite busy.
Third Space Bakery in Garfield
Local bakers Erika Bruce, Beth Taylor, and Chloe Newman (Crustworthy) announced they signed a lease for Third Space Bakery located at 5349 Penn Avenue in the former Spork Pit BBQ in Garfield. The space will be worker-owned and a community-focused bakery selling baked goods and hosting pop-ups, events, cooking classes, and more.
The space is currently undergoing renovations and is coming soon. Stay up-to-date with progress by following Third Space Bakery on Instagram.
Allegheny City Brewing Expanding
Deutschtown's brewery, Allegheny City Brewing, is expanding. The brewery will be building a new custom facility on the lot of the current beer garden on East Ohio Street. Half of the lot will turn into an approximately 2,000-square-foot brewery space and the other half will remain an outdoor beer garden.
Allegheny City Brewing's original space on Foreland will remain to be the production facility. Construction is set to begin summer 2023. Stay up-to-date by following Allegheny City Brewing on Instagram.
Trace Brewing to Open Second Location
Popular Bloomfield brewery, Trace Brewing, is opening its second location, named Trace Echo, at 23 Miltenberger Street in Uptown (the Bluff). The more intimate space will have indoor and outdoor space, bike lane access (coming soon), and be accessible via bus from downtown.
Ghost Coffee Collab is also going to be present at the location and will operate a full espresso bar on-site. The brewery expansion is anticipated to open in the fall 2023. Stay up-to-date by following Trace on Instagram.