Does the Pittsburgh Area Need Another Burger Chain?

A Florida restaurant group is hoping its burgers will be a hit with 'Burghers.

photo courtesy of burger 21


There's a new contestant in Pittsburgh's burger wars: Burger 21 is planning to build its first restaurant in Ross Township. No opening date has been revealed, but the location will be 4860 McKnight Road, according to the company's website. A Qdoba Mexican Grill currently occupies that site. 

Burger 21 opened its first location in 2010 in Tampa, Fla. There are now 18 restaurants in six states with six more in the works. The McKnight Road location would be the chain's first in Pennsylvania.

Burger 21 gets its name by offering 21 different burger creations, including beef, chicken, turkey, seafood and veggie options. Also on the menu are gourmet hot dogs, fries, salads and shakes. 

The chain had planned to open a restaurant in Cranberry back in 2013, but that deal never came to fruition, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times.

––Richard Cook


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#PetsGalore: This weekend's Pittsburgh Pet Expo is largest on the East Coast 

The 2015 Pittsburgh Pet Expo has enough fun to hold even the most rambunctious pup’s short attention span.

But it isn’t just dogs. Lizards, ferrets, fish, birds, you name it — the Pittsburgh Pet Expo is for all pet owners and animal lovers. Even cats are welcome, whether they want to be social or not. So grab a leash or your cat’s favorite baby sling and claw-resistant gloves and head over to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center from Oct. 23-25.

200+ vendors will be offering free treats and giveaways along with all manner of pet-friendly activities from the Classic K-9 Dog Show, to Rescue Rodeo Grooming Competition, to the “Big Air” Dock Jumping Competition, to That Guy With the Birds. And yes, the Dachshund Races will return for the first time in three years!

With Halloween just around the corner, you can give your pet’s costume a dress rehearsal at the Pet Costume Contest. Or get a head start on your family Christmas card and take a pet photo with Santa.

Thinking you’d like to add a new member to the family? The Pittsburgh Pet Expo is a great place to look with more than 20 adoption and rescue organizations on site who are excited to introduce you to their friends.

On Friday, admission is free. Saturday and Sunday it's $9 for adults, seniors (55+) are $8, children (under 10) and pets are free.

––Lauralei Kraski


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