This month in Pittsburgh food: What’s opening and what’s closing

Hello, Superior Motors. See you never, South Shore Bar Louie.

An under-construction look at "or, The Whale."

An under-construction look at "or, The Whale."

Rossilynne Culgan / The Incline
Rossilynne Culgan

Updated: 3:31 p.m. Aug. 2

With new restaurants opening at a breakneck pace in the city, we’re keeping tabs each month on what’s opening and what’s closing.

The past month brought sushi burritos (!!!), ice cream and ramen to Downtown, the long-awaited Superior Motors to Braddock, a new restaurant to the old e2 spot, and a few closings of long-time stalwarts.

Here’s what’s on tap — dig in.


Superior Motors, Braddock

With plans in the works for three years, the highly anticipated restaurant from chef Kevin Sousa is now open in Braddock. For Sousa, the town is special: “When I was first introduced to Braddock, I immediately felt a very deep connection to the town and imagined what the downtown must have looked like in its prime. The place just struck a chord that continues to resonate because of where and how I grew up.”

Plate & Bowl, Highland Park

In the former location of e2, Plate & Bowl offers lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. It’s under the same ownership as Smiling Banana Leaf, its Highland Park neighbor, Good Food Pittsburgh reported.

Pittsburgh Poke, Downtown

Just off Market Square, Pittsburgh Poke is the spot for poke bowls and sushi burritos.

Yuzu Kitchen, Downtown

Located on Wood Street, Downtown, Yuzu is dishing out ramen and offering foods prepared in robatayaki style on skewers, per Good Food Pittsburgh.

Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream, Downtown

The beloved Shadyside ice cream shop added a second location in Market Square, serving up sweet summertime scoops.

See you soon

or, The Whale, Downtown

Inspired by Moby Dick, this farm-and-fisher-to-table concept located along the Boulevard of the Allies at Grant Street is expected to open in early August. It’s the latest from chef Dennis Marron, formerly of The Commoner at Hotel Monaco. Marron told The Incline it’ll be a “well-rounded” restaurant versatile enough to host everything from lunch to an anniversary date to a night with friends.

Ki Ramen, Lawrenceville

With a soft opening coming up on Aug. 2, this Butler Street spot promises the freshest housemade noodles and broths. It’s been hosting pop-ups around town over the last few months.

Ineffable CaPhe, Lawrenceville

With plans to unite the vibes of an American coffeehouse with an authentic Vietnamese café, this motorcycle shop-turned-coffee shop says it’ll be worth the wait. An exact opening date has not been announced, but we hear it’s “hopefully soon.”

See you soon-ish

Among the spots we’re keeping an eye out for in September and beyond:


Bar Louie, South Shore

The bar-restaurant closed in July, the Business Times reported, but there’s still a Bar Louie on the North Shore and one in the Waterfront if you’re into that kind of thing.

Kaleidoscope Cafe, Lawrenceville

The cafe on a Lawrenceville side-street known for its kaleidoscopic (fittingly) exterior announced its closing on Facebook, saying “Pittsburgh has tons of delicious restaurants for you to enjoy from the brand new to the tried and true.”

Roasted Barrelhouse & Eatery, Lawrenceville

Located along Butler Street, Roasted marked its last day of operation last weekend. The building will be converted into a “microbrewery with a full service kitchen,” Roasted announced in a now-deleted Facebook post and the Business-Times reported.