Pittsburgh food in March 2020: What’s opening and what’s closing

Updated 11:24 a.m. March 2

New right now: A grab-and-go spot Downtown, a Scottish brewery, a taste of Hawaii, and a coffeeshop where the drinks are as beautiful as the setting.

Here’s the complete report on what’s new in the city’s food and beverage scene (and what you might have missed last month). Know one we should add? Tell us.


🍺 BrewDog, the Scottish-based brewery, has opened an East Liberty outpost with plenty of outdoor seating that’s likely to be packed once the weather breaks.

🔥 Bloomfield is welcoming Cobra, which Pittsburgh Magazine describes as “an immersive and slightly futuristic eating, drinking and dancing experience.” Expect Korean-style tabletop grilling, a bar, club energy, and private-room karaoke.

🍰 Five Points Artisan Bakeshop opened a coffee shop next to its current bakery, Fitt Pittsburgh reports. The cafe offers expanded seating, coffee from Espresso A Mano, and plenty of sweet treats, of course.

🌴 Get a taste of Hawaii without ever leaving Downtown at Hapa Hawaiian Grill, now open near PPG Paints Arena, Good Food Pittsburgh reports.

☕️ This place was made for the ‘Gram. KLVN Coffee Lab is now open in Larimer with a great design and great coffee, too.

🍦 Millie’s Lawrenceville location has been born “after a PARTICULARLY long and grueling gestation,” the ice cream shop joked. It’s the biggest Millie’s location yet.

🥗 A new Downtown spot called The Standard Market and Pint House aims to be “a one-stop shop throughout the day with early morning grab-and-go options, happy hour shareables, and self-serve beer taps.” Find it on Penn Avenue.

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🍰 Prohibition Pastries is opening a new cafe in East Liberty in May with alcohol-infused pastries, cupcakes, cakes, sweet pies, and savory pies, Good Food Pittsburgh reports.

🌵 A new concept will replace the Shadyside Steel Cactus this spring, per a sign on the now-closed bar’s door, but details haven’t been announced yet.

🥙 Beloved food truck Pita My Shawarma is opening a brick-and-mortar in Lawrenceville.

🍲 At long last, Pusadee’s Garden in Lawrenceville is coming back this spring.

🍕 Big Burrito is bringing a yet-to-be-named restaurant to Lawrenceville with a focus on pizza, veggie-forward dishes, and burgers, Pittsburgh Magazine reports. Look for it this fall.

👟 Calling all runners, cyclists, hikers, kayakers, and other adventure-seekers: A cafe is coming to the Pro Bike + Run location near North Park. Look for Cadence Clubhouse this spring, NEXTPittsburgh reports.

🌮 Empanada purveyor Mi Empanada will debut its first retail location in Lawrenceville, according to Midwood Investment & Development. It’s in the final weeks of construction.

🍚 Dagu Rice Noodle is coming soon to Squirrel Hill — very, very soon — replacing The Magic Noodle, per PennsylvAsia.

🥖 Rolling Pepperoni is opening a storefront in Lawrenceville run by Who’s Nexter Katt Schuler. The new space will allow more experimentation with ingredients while also helping the bakery collect stories about Appalachia, City Paper writes.

🎸 After 19 years, Bloomfield bar/music venue Howler’s is moving to East Liberty later this year, City Paper reports.

🥙 With a modern American menu, Sewickley Tavern is taking reservations for March 17 and beyond. Plus, it’s focusing on sustainability with solar panels, air quality monitors, acoustic ceiling materials, antibacterial bathroom stalls, and smart building infrastructure.

🍖 Gaucho Parrilla Argentina is moving Downtown later this year. The beloved Strip District restaurant will move into the old Six Penn Kitchen building in the spring.

🐉 The subject of years of anticipation, restaurateurs Richard DeShantz and Tolga Sevdik are expected to open Gi-Jin in March (but the opening date has been pushed back for months, sooooo ‾\_(ツ)_/‾). Look for sushi, gin, Japanese whiskey, and a giant dragon mural.

🍗 Coop De Ville, another DeShantz concept, is coming to the Strip District with a fast casual menu focusing on chicken, plus duck pin bowling, classic arcade games, pinball machines, pool tables, bocce, and ping pong. It’s expected to open this spring.

🔥 The long-awaited Fig & Ash, a “farm-to-flame restaurant,” is headed to Deutschtown and getting close to opening.

🍏 Arsenal Cider House is turning an old Dormont bank into a new location with plans to open this fall, NEXTpittsburgh reports.

🧀 Tom & Chee, of “Shark Tank” fame, will open Downtown this fall. They’ll be serving melts, soups, and “grilled chee donuts,” per WTAE.

🍕 Caliente Pizza & Draft House is opening a new shop in Green Tree, its first location in the western ‘burbs, according to Patch.

🍔 Arlington Beverage Club, a new concept from well-known chef Kevin Sousa, is coming to an old social club in Allentown called St. George Lyceum, the Pittsburgh Current details.

🍵 Tupelo Honey Teas in Millvale acquired the building next door and will renovate and expand over the next several years.

🍺 Hitchhiker Brewing will take over a tiny storefront Downtown to serve beer — and coffee, per the Post-Gazette.

🍗 Beloved chicken-and-waffles purveyor The Coop is opening a brick-and-mortar location in the old Rita’s Italian Ice location at the corner of East Ohio Street and Cedar Avenue in the North Side, Good Food Pittsburgh writes. The food truck will remain in business, too.

🏛 Two new concepts are coming to the Pitt Building Downtown, the Post-Gazette reports. One is a sandwich shop with meatball subs, Philly roast pork, chicken parmesan, Chicago beef, plus coffee and sweet treats. The other is a supper club called Saint Johannes. Both will be run by the team behind The Vandal and are expected to open in the spring.

🥗 Earth Inspired Salads is working on a location in the EQT Building Downtown.

🐟 Work on Wild Ninja Asian Grill is underway in Oakland, replacing Uncle Sam’s Gourmet Subs, PennsylvAsia reports.

🍷 Franco Harris’ son is turning a bomb squad truck into a portable wine bar, per Blue Sky PIT.

🍺 A development called 1700 Penn will transform a giant Strip District building into a destination for local booze, NEXTpittsburgh reports. The Penn Avenue building will house a Pennsylvania Libations retail store, plus a full-service bar and taproom serving Helltown and Rivertowne beer and much more. An opening date has not been announced.

🍚 Oishii Donburi is coming soon to Lawrenceville from the owners of Oakland’s Oishii Bento, Pennsylvasia reports.

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

🥗 Famed chef Justin Severino is planning a casual California-inspired cafe near North Park, the Trib chronicles.

☕️ A CBD cafe called Lazydaze is coming to Lawrencville — think of it as “an Amsterdam-style cafe,” the founder told Good Food Pittsburgh.

🍗 Oakmont Barbeque Company is planning a permanent location — not in Oakmont but in neighboring Verona. It’ll be called Off the Rails Barbeque & Drafthouse.

🍺 The Woods House, a Scottish pub, is slated for one of Pittsburgh’s oldest houses.

🍺 Platform Beer Co., the Cleveland-based brewery, plans to open a brewery and tasting room in Garfield, the Post-Gazette writes.

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

🍻 Rogan Brewing Co., a taproom with pints and growlers, is coming to West Homestead, per the Post-Gazette.

🍗 The Eagle, a casual fried chicken restaurant, is coming to Penn Avenue Downtown, the Trib writes.

🎳 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, per the Post-Gazette.

🚀 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.

🌮 Gordo’s Tacos & Tequila, with a menu inspired by Mexico City’s street foods, is coming to Mount Washington this summer.

🎮 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 sometime this year, NEXTpittsburgh shares.

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


🍺 Homestead’s hybrid brewery/bowling alley Enix Brewing is closed and up for sale, TribLive reports. But it may not be for long, as negotiations are already underway with potential buyers.

☕️ Two coffee shops — Coffee Buddha in the North Hills and Artisan Cafe in Garfield — are now closed, per City Paper.

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