🥪 May 2023 Pittsburgh restaurant roundup

Restaurant news came in at a more modest pace for May. In addition to a few openings, there have been some menu changes and teasers for summer additions that you can read about below.

👋 Welcome

🍪 Crumbl Cookies is baking in Bethel. The national chain has fresh cookies ready at its South Road shop as of late April. (Bethel Park)

🇵🇪 El Pollon is now roasting chicken in Carnegie. The Peruvian spot already has several locations in West Virginia and Florida and now welcomes diners from morning to evening with charcoal-roasted rotisserie chicken, lomo saltado and ceviche. (Carnegie)

🥪 Primo Hoagies has a new Golden Triangle location. The sandwich spot has been growing its presence in Pittsburgh, and the new franchise joins existing locations in the Strip, Pleasant Hills and elsewhere. (Downtown)

😃 See you soonish

🌯 CMU has tapped Salem’s to run Scotty’s Market, an on-campus grocery store and deli. The deal is a pseudo-homecoming for Salem’s, which originated in nearby Oakland before moving to its current space in the Strip. The market is also close to reopening the former Shop ’n Save location in the Hill District, which Salem’s recently purchased. (Squirrel Hill)

🍽 Seasons will debut soon over top of the Finer Diner on Brownsville Road. The diner’s owner is hopeful the affordable breakfasts and lunches on the first floor will support reservation-only fine dining on the second. (Mt. Oliver)

❓ That new building going up near PNC Park will have “eater-tainment,” though the specifics are still quite vague. The U-shaped building will be home to five floors of apartments above the new indoor-outdoor space, which is being built with outdoor watch parties, yoga and concerts in mind. (North Shore)

😲 Ch-ch-changes

🥗 Ritual House has changed culinary teams just months after its grand opening. Edwin and Amanda Smith will now oversee the back and front of house, respectively, with new seasonal menu items on the way. (Downtown)

🌮 Round Corner Cantina is rebranding to Esquina Cantina. The restaurant had been teasing its new menu items and recently changed branding of its social media accounts. (Lawrenceville)

A sandwich cut and half to reveal the layers of meat and banana peppers.
Hankerin’ for a hoagie. (@bitesbrewsbridges)

See something we missed? Email us at hello@theincline.com and we can update this post. We’ll have more food news coming your way in June!