Tamari to Disappear from Pittsburgh Restaurant Scene

Tamari's owners have decided to close their Warrendale location.

photo courtesy of tamari north's facebook page

The second and final location of Tamari restaurant is shutting down.

The owners of Tamari North announced on their Facebook page Sunday that the Warrendale location would close its doors for good Tuesday evening. 

“Thanks again to every single person that ever stepped foot through our door; we wouldn’t have made it as long without you all,” the owners said in their post.

The Warrendale location opened in January of 2012, bringing a creative fusion cuisine that earned its original Lawrenceville location a spot in our 2010 and 2011 Best Restaurants lists.

Back in May, owner Allen Chen closed the flagship Tamari location in Lawrenceville after six years of operation. The Andora restaurant group took over the Butler Street space and recently opened Pan, a restaurant with a pan-Asian menu.   

––Richard Cook

#Mr.RogersTribute: Playing baseball in sweaters

photo courtesy of altoona curve


Add another tribute to the late Fred Rogers. Next week, an entire professional baseball team will play in jerseys modeled after his signature cardigan sweaters. 

On July 5, the Altoona Curve — the Pirates' AA squad — is partnering with The Fred Rogers Company to outfit the players with Mister Rogers-style jerseys, designed to look like a red cardigan with a button-down shirt and tie underneath. Fans are encouraged to donate new or lightly-used sweaters during the Daniel Tiger/Mister Rogers Sweater Drive in support of the American Rescue Workers.

The Curve is known for its innovative promotions. On “Star Wars” night, the ballplayers wore jerseys with Jabba the Hutt’s pudgy, drooling face plastered on the front, while the “Summer Cruise” (as in Tom Cruise) promotion saw the team give away tighty-whities in honor of “Risky Business.”

Can’t make it out to Altoona for the night? No worries, the rest of the schedule includes Shark Week Night, the Punxsutawney Phil Appearance and the surely much-anticipated Josh Harrison Garden Gnome Giveaway.

––Brady Langmann

Photo by ted anthony


#Long-AwaitedReunion: A boy connects with his favorite baseball player

Remember this picture of a very dejected 8-year-old Wyatt Anthony? It was taken just after he learned that his favorite Pittsburgh Pirate, his favorite baseball player period, has been traded to the Baltimore Orioles.

Wyatt became Snider's No. 1 fan two years ago when the youngster –– then living with his family in Hampton Township –– was listening to the Pirates game on the radio and Snider came to the plate as a pinch-hitter with loaded bases.

"Usually I say I HOPE someone hits a grand slam. But he’s GONNA hit a grand slam. Watch,” Wyatt told his family with confidence. Apparently that's all it took. Snider sent the next pitch over the fence in right centerfield and a baseball bond was formed.

 A year later, Wyatt met his idol at PNC Park, even posing for a picture, before the Anthony family moved to Bangkok, Thailand. 

Wyatt’s admiration of Snider not only survived the 8,721 miles between Bangkok and PNC Park, but also Snider’s trade to the Baltimore Orioles, which left the young boy “slightly heartbroken,” according to his father, who wrote about it lovingly in his blog.

But back in Baltimore, Snider clearly had not forgotten the loyalty of his No. 1 fan and he invited the youngster to visit Camden Yards the next time he is in the United States. 

That time was Sunday.

The two exchanged gifts. Snider gave Anthony an autographed game bat inscribed "To Wyatt: My No. 1 fan" and a signed pair of batting gloves.

Snider has a well-known appreciation for food so Anthony presented his favorite player with a book on Thai street food as well as a 10-baht Thai coin and a small Thai wooden elephant that is a symbol of good luck.


Editor's Note: Wyatt’s parents, Ted Anthony and Melissa Rayworth, are longtime contributors to Pittsburgh Magazine.


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