BRGR Bar Opens New Location in Cranberry

Plus a new small-batch roastery plants roots in East Liberty and Whole Foods offers $5 Friday meals.

Photo courtesy of BRGR Bar.

BRGR Bar adds second location
‘Burghers have always been crazy about their burgers—good thing, too: Within the last year, nearly a half-dozen burger bars have popped up across the city. BRGR Bar, which opened in East Liberty under the direction of Brian Pekarcik, was instantly a hit. Months later, the BRGR team celebrated the success of the first location by opening a second.

BRGR Bar’s Cranberry location, which opened late last month, offers everything the East Liberty location does—and then some: Patrons can order favorites (like the Strawberry Fields shake and Button Buster burger) while seated at one of nine tables on the patio. And because the new eatery has a larger kitchen than the original, it offers extended appetizer and burger selections. Another bonus: Free parking.

If you’re not from that neck of the woods, make the trek anyway to try a gourmet burger in an optimum setting—then venture over to the nearby cinema and see one of the latest releases.

(20111 Rt. 19 & Freedom Road, Cranberry Township. Mon.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-midnight; Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Info: 724/742-2333,

—Kristina Martin, PM Assistant Editor

Whole Foods offers low-cost meals

Throw away your preconceived notions about expensive organic foods, and head over to Whole Foods for $5 meals every Friday until Labor Day. On Five Buck Friday, diners will be given the choice of three entrées and two sides, which vary each week. 

Today, Chef Lon will be grilling island flavors with jerk chicken or tofu and Cuban pork, a brazed and pulled-pork dish. Caribbean slaw, a colorful and zesty spin on traditional coleslaw, and a black-bean-and-rice salad will be the available sides. Food will be served outdoors (weather permitting) in an informal grill setting, or guests can dine in the café. Beverages may be purchased in the store, and dining is on a first come, first served basis—so come early to make sure you don’t miss out! After you eat, let your taste buds guide you through Whole Foods’ fresh selection of natural and organic foods.

(5880 Centre Ave., Shadyside. Fri., 5-7 p.m. $5. 412/441-7960,

—Leighann McGivern, PM Editorial Intern


Small-batch roastery plants roots in East End

Coffee Pittsburgh opened last month in East Liberty. Owner Chris Rhodes learned the coffee trade while traveling from Pittsburgh to Baltimore, where his uncle operates the original Zeke’s (named after Rhodes’ grandfather). You’ll recognize his label if you shop at the East Liberty Farmers Market, where Rhodes has sold beans for the last few years.

(6012 Penn Ave., East Liberty. Hours vary. Info: 412/670-6231,

—Kate Chynoweth, PM Food Editor,

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