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From a new Mediterra Cafe to mocktails, 2023 is off to a busy start.


Mediterra Cafe coming to Lawrenceville

Mediterra Cafe, which has locations in Sewickley and Mt. Lebanon, is opening a third spot at 5202 Butler St. in Lawrenceville. The space was previously occupied by B52 Cafe, a popular vegan destination that closed last April. 

The Mediterra Cafe brand, run by parent company Mediterra Bakehouse, is also a bakery and a market specializing in coffee, pastries, cheeses and charcuterie and offers cocktails, beer, wine and light bites. A grand opening date has not been announced.

Galley Group accepting restaurant concept applications

Galley Group, owner and operator of Pittsburgh’s Federal Galley and Galley Bakery Square, is accepting applications for new restaurant concepts. 

Since 2015, the company has helped budding restaurateurs launch their idea with minimal upfront costs, maximum brand exposure and ongoing support in an upscale food hall. 

Through Jan. 31, chefs can apply by sending an email to press@galleygrp.com with a professional resume, concept description, sample menus, pricing for brunch, lunch and dinner services and branding materials, such as a logo. 

Galley alumni include Iron Born Pizza, which has brick-and-mortar locations in Millvale and the Strip District, and the South Side’s Sultry F&B — one of Pittsburgh Magazine’s best new restaurants.



Celebrate Punxsutawney Phil at Wigle 

Can’t make it to Gobbler’s Knob on Thursday, Feb. 2? Punxsutawney Phil will make an appearance at Wigle Whiskey Distillery in the Strip District on Friday, Jan. 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. America’s favorite prognosticating groundhog is celebrating the 2023 release of Phil’s Shadow, Wigle’s rye whiskey finished in maple syrup barrels. 

Tickets are $18 and include a Phil’s Shadow-infused cocktail, samples of the limited-edition elixir as well as Threadbare Cider’s Phil’s Burrow Cider and one-on-one time with the critter and Groundhog Club Members. This year’s label artist, David Klug, will also be on-site selling his art during the celebration. 

Stock up for Dry January at The Open Road

If you’re celebrating Dry January, The Open Road in Allentown has the cure for what “ales” ya. 

The shop at 600 E. Warrington Ave. sells hundreds of products that have zero to 0.5% alcohol by volume which is roughly the alcohol content of a very ripe banana. Due to state regulations, sales are restricted to patrons 21 and over. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 

Sober or sober-curious customers will find NA products from familiar brands such as Heineken, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Budweiser, as well as teas and seltzers and beverages in the style of whiskey, gin, rum, tequila and aperitifs. The company’s website also features an ever-expanding list of local bars and restaurants serving mocktails

Orders can also be placed online for pickup and delivery.

Want to make the next Arboretum Trail brewing beer?

Still going full beer ahead this month? The folks at Arboretum Trail Brewing (Arbo, for short) know you are what you drink. 

The business at 1351 Washington Blvd. in Larimer is holding a contest with the winner getting to design, brew and release their own beer. Each time you visit the former Couch Brewery facility throughout the month of January you’ll get a ticket to enter the Arbo Beer Experience, no purchase necessary. 

The drawing is set for February. 

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