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

Sip (and snap) Instagrammable coffee, try some new wine, and indulge in old world pizza.

What's brewing in Pittsburgh's food and drink scene.

What's brewing in Pittsburgh's food and drink scene.

Courtesy of Cinderlands Beer Co.
Rossilynne Culgan

Updated 1:55 p.m. June 3

Pittsburgh’s food and drink scene is stuffed with new openings this month.

There’s a brewpub warehouse, Instagrammable coffee, a soft serve spot, a wine bar, and an old school pizza shop. And on the horizon, look forward to a highly anticipated restaurant opening Downtown from Richard DeShantz, a Latin spot in Shadyside, and at long last a permanent space for Pigeon Bagels.

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


Cinderlands, Strip District

Three years in the making, Cinderlands Warehouse is now open in the former Spaghetti Warehouse building. The brewery and restaurant is Cinderlands’ second location, joining its first site in Lawrenceville. Try a variety of beers from hop-driven to farmhouse, peek at the brewery’s 15-barrel system, and grab something to eat at the from-scratch kitchen.

La Prima, Strip District

The Italian coffee mainstay La Prima has opened a second Strip District location, this one just over the border from Downtown. Find it on the storefront level of the new AC Hotel.

The Loveliest, Sewickley

It’s being called “the most Instagrammable coffee” in Pittsburgh — customers can download an app to upload an image or phrase that will appear in their beverage using a special coffee printer, the Post-Gazette explains.

The Magic Noodle, Squirrel Hill

Run by the team behind How Lee, The Magic Noodle is now open along Forbes Avenue, PennsylvAsia reports.

Mario’s, Oakland

There’s now a third Mario’s Saloon in town, this one in Oakland, replacing the beloved Peter’s Pub. Mario’s offers seating downstairs and upstairs, along with dancing space, per The Pitt News. Also look for a variety of food options, plus plenty of beers on tap and cocktails on the menu. As one student told The Pitt News, “This place has $5 buffalo chicken dip, what more could you need?”

Millie’s Summer of Soft Serve, Larimer

It’s the summer of soft serve at Millie’s bright pink pop-up in Bakery Square. Located in the former Coffee Tree Roasters location, Millie’s is serving up soft serve and sprinkles galore.

Pizzeria Davide, Strip District

The team behind the mega-popular DiAnoia’s Eatery has opened a takeout pizza window. Pizzeria Davide specializes in old world-style pizzas (provolone cheese on the bottom and sauce on top), along with appetizers, sandwiches, and desserts. Find it in the back of DiAnoia’s, where you can order the pizza to-go or sit at picnic tables for your meal.

SPiLL, Bloomfield

It’s BYOF (bring your own food) at SPiLL, Liberty Avenue’s new wine bar. The bar offers 42 varietals of wine sold by the glass, bottle, or case, per NEXTpittsburgh.

Which Came First, Allegheny Center

There are lots of options at the newest Federal Galley spot, Which Came First, many of them focusing on eggs and chicken, of course. Choose white or dark meat chicken, then pick fried or grilled, and finally decide how you want it served (on a bun, in a wrap, or on a salad).

See you soon

🍸 After a year spent gutting the former Seviche space, Bridges & Bourbon is set to launch soon, the venue promised on Facebook, adding that the chef is making final preparations in the kitchen. Bridges & Bourbon describes itself as a “high-end restaurant focusing on modernist cocktails, small plates, and desserts, with weekend brunch.”

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

🎶 Thunderbird, a historic spot for music and drinks, has been delayed in opening again “while the wheels of bureaucracy slowly turn,” the venue explained in a Facebook post. Shows scheduled for this month have been moved to other venues.

🥘 Guapo, a New Mexican spot in Federal Galley, is opening June 4.

🍴 Sultry F&B, with old-time favorites like haluski and pierogies, and Mangiamo, an Italian spot, will open in Smallman Galley on June 7.

🍦 A Lawrenceville location for Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream is expected to set up shop this spring.

🥘 Con Alma is coming to Shadysid soon with Latin-inspired cuisine, plus live jazz and cocktails.

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

🍞 A permanent location for Pigeon Bagels is expected to open soon.

🇫🇷 A new outpost for Gaby et Jules Patisseries et Macaron bakery is scheduled for East Liberty 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.

🍔 Supper, formerly of Federal Galley, is moving this summer to the space occupied by Crystal on Penn in the Strip District.

🍺 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.

🍴 Brick Shop and Over Eden restaurants at TRYP Hotel will feature Pittsburgh chef Brandon Blumenfeld.

🥓 Larder at Larimer, a new restaurant from Justin Severino, is expected to open in June inside East End Brewing Taproom with everything from pub food to falafel with tahini.

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

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

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

🌮 SYN Taqueria & Pizzeria will open in the former Sharp Edge Friendship location.

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

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

🍕 Iron Born Pizza is moving out of Smallman Galley and into the former Carhops location just down the street sometime this year.

🎳 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.

🎶 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.

🍖 Oakmont Barbeque Company is planning a permanent location — not in Oakmont but in neighboring Verona.


Claddagh, South Side

The Irish pub known for its trivia nights and St. Patrick’s celebrations is now closed. A message on the bar’s website reads, “Thank you for your patronage over the past 14+ years and allowing us to serve you and your families.”

Heirloom Superfood Market, Strip District

The health food-focused market will close as of June 1 after a year in business. As the market explained on Facebook, “as beautiful as it is, our foundation isn’t as sustainable as we’d hoped.”