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Pittsburgh Restaurant News: Recent Openings and Closings

Pittsburgh welcomes Spirits & Tales and says goodbye to Cure.

Now Open:

photo courtesy spirits & Tales

Spirits & Tales
Spirits & Tales, an 80-seat restaurant on the 10th floor of The Oaklander Hotel, opened earlier this month. Executive chef Jessica Lewis, who owned Carota Cafe in Smallman Galley, spent the last few years honing her talents at or, The Whale at the Distrikt Hotel Downtown and at Merchant Oyster Co. in Lawrenceville. Her menu spans breakfast, lunch and dinner, and patrons can take in a view of the city while dining on classic American fare with an emphasis on vegetables and seafood. Bar-goers can expect a wide breadth of spirits, wines and beers curated by food and beverage director Michael Goldberg, formerly of the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh.
5130 Bigelow Blvd, Oakland; 412/578-8500, theoaklanderhotel.com

photo by laura petrilla

Love Rocks Café
Love Rocks Café, located inside the Sto-Rox Library at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks, opened last week. The breakfast and lunch spot serves foods made from scratch by executive chef Jackie Page-Heidelberg, who is dedicated to serving her community fresh foods. Breakfast includes classics such as bacon and eggs, pancake and potatoes, while lunch will be a rotating selection of dishes. The café is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m to 2 p.m.
420 Chartiers Ave, McKees Rocks; 412/770-4642, facebook.com/loverockcafe

Photo by Alexandra ribar

Astroid, a coffee shop from The Beauty Shoppe, opened in February. Located in the South Sides’ refurbished Terminal Building, this shop brings design and attention-to-detail to its offerings. Beverages are served in warmed mugs from local ceramist Jenna Vanden Brink and the walls are graced by a mural by local artist Seth LaDonne. The coffee beans are from Party lour Coffee in Brooklyn. The cafe’s signature drink, the espressive, is a creation by manager Emerson Graham, who uses a longer brewing time and lower brewing pressure to achieve a rounder, fuller mouthfeel than a typical shot.
333 E. Carson St., Ste. 135, South Side; astroidcafe.co

Now Closed:

photo by laura petrilla

After a much-celebrated seven-year run, Cure in Upper Lawrenceville will close on March 23. The restaurant quickly sparked local and national interest — Bon Appétit magazine named it as one of its Top 50 Best New Restaurants in 2012 —  something that never waned throughout its tenure. In the forthcoming months, Cure’s space will be converted into a production facility and retail space for Salty Pork Bits, the online subscription-based charcuterie company co-owners Justin Severino and Hilary Prescott Severino founded in 2018. The Severinos hope to expand their subscriptions and offer dine-in charcuterie following the transition of the space.
5336 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/252-2595, curepittsburgh.com

photo by hal b. klein

Orient Kitchen
Simon and May Yip, owners of Orient Kitchen, have for decades offered the flavors of their native Hong Kong to Pittsburgh. Now, due to an illness in the family, the restaurant is closed. The menu focused on seafood, much of it available live for diners to select from tanks in the dining room. Dishes prepared with ingredients such as abalone, whole fried bass, salt baked squid and sea cucumber made this a beloved spot for those who enjoy the oceanic delights of Chinese cuisine.

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