Pittsburgh food in September 2019: What’s opening and what’s closing

Updated 7:46 a.m. Sept. 5, 2019

Openings were a tad slower this month in Pittsburgh, but there’s a whole lot on the horizon — A LOT. For now, though, dine on vegan eats at Supper, stop by a shipping container restaurant, and eat like you’re in Hawaii.

Here’s the complete report on what’s new in the city’s food and beverage scene (and what you might have missed in August).


🍞 Inside an upcycled shipping container in Aspinwall, Farmer x Baker is serving up a seasonal menu. Even better, it’s BYOB. Even better than that, it’s got a riverfront view.

🍜 Soak up the tropical vibes at Shaka, Federal Galley’s newest pop-up. It’s a Hawaiian-inspired menu melding the flavors of chef Summer Le’s childhood in South Vietnam with innovative takes on Polynesian dishes. Look for dishes like poke bowls, pho noodle soup, Hawaiian bibimbap, and boba tea.

🍔 Supper, formerly of Federal Galley, is now open on Penn Avenue in the Strip District. Supper, which caters to vegans and carnivores, is all about homemade, from house-ground meat to hand-made seitan to homemade pickles.

🌯 Tocayo, with Mexican cuisine like tacos, burritos, flan, and churros, is now open in Shadyside. Wash it all down with a wide range of tequila cocktails.

🥛 The Milk Shake Factory added a McCandless Crossing location and has plans for a Cranberry location soon.

See you soon

🍻 A Sly Fox taproom near Point State Park in the space formerly occupied by Stone Neapolitan Pizza is expected to open very soon.

🐉 The subject of years of anticipation, restaurateurs Richard DeShantz and Tolga Sevdik are expected to open Gi-Jin soon. Look for sushi, gin, Japanese whiskey, and a giant dragon mural.

🍦 A Lawrenceville location for Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream is in the works, though it doesn’t appear any work has happened recently.

🍺 A new location for Dive Bar is coming to Regent Square in the former Ryan’s Pub location, expected to open this summer.

🍣 A yet-to-be-named 14-seat sushi counter tucked on the second floor between Round Corner Cantini and Umami in Lawrenceville is set to open this summer.

🥗 Famed chef Justin Severino is planning a casual California-inspired cafe near North Park by summer’s end.

☕️ A CBD cafe called Lazydaze is coming to Lawrencville this fall — think of it as “an Amsterdam-style cafe,” the founder says.

🍗 Oakmont Barbeque Company is planning a permanent location — not in Oakmont but in neighboring Verona — by summer’s end.

🍺 The Woods House, a Scottish pub, is slated for one of Pittsburgh’s oldest houses. Crews are working toward summer pop-ups and a fall opening.

🍺 Platform Beer Co., the Cleveland-based brewery, will open a brewery and tasting room this year in Garfield.

🌯 A Mexican-Italian fusion is coming to the Strip District in partnership with Edgar Alvarez of Edgar’s Best Tacos.

🥞 The Speckled Egg, a breakfast and lunch spot with Belgian waffles, pancakes, bagels, and egg dishes, is coming to the Union Trust Building Downtown, but an opening date hasn’t been announced.

🔥 Fig & Ash, a “farm-to-flame restaurant,” is headed to Deutschtown.

🥃 4Four6 Distillery is coming to Sharpsburg with gin, rum, and, eventually, bourbon and whiskey.

🍻 Rogan Brewing Co., a taproom with pints and growlers, is coming to West Homestead.

🍗 The Eagle, a casual fried chicken restaurant, is coming to Penn Avenue Downtown this fall.

☕️ Convive Coffee will open its flagship location in Lawrenceville this fall, joining its original McCandless store, per a press release from Midwood Investment & Development.

🌮 Empanada purveyor Mi Empanada will debut its first retail location in Lawrenceville this fall, according to Midwood Investment & Development.

🍺 BrewDog, a Scottish brewery with more than 50 locations around the world, will open this fall in the Eastside Bond building in East Liberty.

🍳 Lola’s Eatery will open inside Lawrenceville’s Engine House 25 Winery come September, drawing on a love of baking and Mexican-Filipino heritage.

🍕 Iron Born Pizza has moved out of Smallman Galley and is moving into the former Carhops location just down the street in October.

🎳 Shorty’s Pins x Pints, a new entertainment concept with duckpin bowling, bocce, pinball, cornhole, and giant beer pong, plus street food, is coming to the North Shore by year’s end.

🚀 Grist House Craft Brewery is turning a Collier Township Cold War-era Nike Missile Command Center into another outpost for the popular brewery. But a lot of work is ahead, so be patient. An opening date is expected a year or two from now.

🎮 Look for a location of the Punch Bowl Social chain with food and drinks, plus ping pong, darts, bowling, classic video games, and karaoke in the Lower Hill in 2020.

🍗 Chicken Latino is working on a Beechview location, but the Peruvian spot won’t move out of the Strip District until summer 2020.

🎶 A Rascal Flatts restaurant is coming to Station Square. … Maybe. The operator has been served with an eviction notice, and there’s plenty of legal drama, the Business Times explains.

🏈 North Shore Seven, a restaurant near Heinz Field from Ben Roethlisberger, is planned for the North Shore, of course, boasting made-from-scratch entrees and “Hollywood-style booth seating,” which is maybe just a little excessive. But when? It’s still on the sidelines, as of now.


☕️ Tazza d’Oro’s Millvale location is listed as “temporarily closed.” The cafe’s website says to “check back for more info.” It has two other locations, one in Highland Park and one at Carnegie Mellon University.

🍝 Lidia’s, a landmark Italian restaurant in the Strip District by celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich, will close in September.

🍕 Detroit-style pizza purveyor Michigan & Trumbull has moved back to Detroit. The Federal Galley favorite wrote a heartfelt thank you note on Instagram.