New Restaurant Openings
Legume reopens in Oakland, Union Pig and Chicken brings BBQ bliss to East Liberty and the CONSOL Energy Center gets a Burgatory stand.
This vegetarian and vegan cafe hopes to celebrate its 10th anniversary by raising $8,000 (through the fundraising website Kickstarter) to produce a book of photos, interviews, anecdotes and profiles about its ever-changing neighborhood. Owner Jilly MacDowell and kitchen manager Sheryl Johnston plan to self-publish the book, taking time off from the restaurant to compile, write and edit. The pair will accept any size donation, but those who pitch in $25 will receive a free lunch or coffee mug in return. Want to make a larger contribution? MacDowell and Johnston will reward those who donate $500 with brunch, lunch and dinner for two people as well as a special T-shirt, a mug, recognition in a book dedication, a copy of the book when it’s done and—yes—a personal cooking lesson at the restaurant. Find more details at kickstarter.com by searching Quiet Storm Pittsburgh.
5430 Penn Ave., Garfield; 412/661-9355, qspgh.com.
After closing its doors in May (having outgrown the Regent Square space where it opened in 2007), Legume reopened in September in a new neighborhood, now occupying a space that’s roughly four times the size of what owners Trevett and Sarah Hooper left behind. The restaurant is known for focusing on freshness to the point that the offerings change daily. One menu in early October included goat-cheese crostini with jalapeno jelly, duck confit with pickled beets and wilted greens, and a swordfish braised with leeks, mussel broth, fennel, saffron aïoli and croutons.
214 N. Craig St., Oakland; 412/621-2700, legumebistro.com.
Burgatory Burger & Shake Stand
The beginning of the Penguins’ preseason in late September brought with it a new CONSOL Energy Center outlet. Whether folks can pay attention to the guys on skates when they have a peppercorn-crusted beef burger topped with horseradish cheddar, haystack onions and cabernet sauce—yeah—in front of them, the carnivorous world will soon find out. And then there are those shakes: the caramel pretzel one, say, or the triple-chocolate-brownie one. Owned by the team behind Uncle Sam’s, Fuel & Fuddle and Joe Mama’s, Burgatory’s original location opened in January and boasts a drop-what-you’re-doing following should anyone whisper a hint of going there.
CONSOL Energy Center, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown; burgatorybar.com.
Union Pig and Chicken
Last month, Kevin Sousa, the chef behind much-lauded Salt of the Earth, announced that he will open an updated barbecue joint in East Liberty sometime in 2012. Sousa plans to adhere to his Salt schedule as much as possible and work on Union on his off-days. Union isn’t exactly the fully vegetarian restaurant Sousa contemplated opening; patrons can expect the menu to feature dishes that include pulled pork, traditional ribs and barbecued and fried chicken. The eatery will be located two blocks from the Odeon Building, a six-story development that will house a theater, cafe and several floors of offices.
220 N. Highland Ave., East Liberty; unionpgh.com.
For more of Jacob’s adventures in eat and drink, check out his blog at eatsburgh.com.