The Latest Pittsburgh Restaurant Openings And Closings
We say hello to tabletop grilling of manicured meats, tacos in Millvale and much more.
Baby Loves Tacos
Kat Muscianesi and Zack Shell, owners of Baby Loves Tacos, opened a second location of their popular taco joint in Millvale at the end of January. The space, formerly home to Tazza D’Oro, is significantly larger than their Bloomfield location (which is standing room only). In Millvale, they have 35 seats, a big kitchen and a small children’s play area. As the weather warms, diners can expect an expanded menu, as well as the opening of patio seating. In March, the restaurant will also begin operating as a small market, selling fresh vegetables from its farmer partners such as Tiny Seed Farm and Garfield Community Farm.
524 Grant Ave., Millvale; instagram.com/babylovestacos
The giant space that formerly housed Feng’s is now a futuristic dream of a restaurant called Cobra Lounge. The restaurant, bar and karaoke joint is the work of Derek Burnell, owner of Round Corner Cantina and El Burro and co-owner of Umami, and Miranda Piso, who teamed up to open the concept after eyeing the space for years. The menu focuses on Korean-style tabletop grilling. Guests can order prixe-fixe options or ala carte selections of American or Japanese wagyu, as well as pork, vegetable and seafood options. The bar program focuses on cocktails that are both quaffable and visually delightful, while also offering a nice selection of Japanese whiskeys and sake. Three private karaoke rooms are open Sunday through Thursday, while Fridays and Saturdays feature local and national DJs. 4305 Main St., Bloomfield; 412/682-2608, cobrapgh.com
The space in the Americus Club that operated as the holiday pop-up bar tina’s (holiday) has relaunched as the (Lounge). Sarah Shaffer, owner of tina’s, and event designer Thommy Conroy of 4121 Main continue their collaborative effort to offer Pittsburghers a respite from the day with natural wines and cocktails imbibed in posh space. The cocktail bar is open Thursday through Saturday evenings.
213 Smithfield St., Americus Club, Downtown; instagram/theloungepgh
Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream
Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream opened a new scoop-shop on Butler Street in Lawrenceville on Valentine’s Day. Those with a sweet tooth can get scoops, shakes and pints. Owners Chad and Lauren Townsend opened their first shop in Shadyside in 2014 and have expanded across the city to Downtown and Oakland, as well as opening up a small outpost at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.
3803 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/621-1699, millieshomemade.com
Sålł, a small, tucked away restaurant inside TMD Holdings in Oakland, has reopened. The lunch spot, open Monday through Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for full service and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for snacks and drinks, serves both TMD employees and the public, both dine-in and take-out. Chef Blair Hohn III offers a tight daily menu, that focuses on American comfort food classics such as reubens, fried chicken sandwiches, meatballs, wedding soup and corned beef. Scoops of Klavon’s Ice Cream, floats and a small selection of drinks such as Turner’s Tea and chai tea make up the options that are offered until 5 p.m.
461 Melwood Ave., Oakland; 412/580-6076, saltcafepgh.com
The Speckled Egg
Jacqueline and Nathan Schoedel opened their all-day breakfast spot inside the Union Trust Building in late January. The couple, who met in culinary school at the now-closed Art Institute of Pittsburgh, is focusing on breakfast classics you might see on diner menus across the country such as patty melts and pork loin, while using high-quality ingredients from local farms such as Rivendale Farms and Paul Family Farms. The restaurant also offers a full bar, a coffee bar run by Commonplace Coffee and a grab-and-go food section.
501 Grant St., Downtown; 412/251-5248, thespeckledeggpgh.com
Molinaro Ristorante and Bar, Wolfies Pub, and the former Pizzuvio closed at the end of January 2020. All three Downtown restaurants were co-owned by Ron Molinaro and Bob Wolfinger. Molinaro founded Il Pizzaiolo in Mt. Lebanon 1996, an early bird to the high-end pizza movement, before his foray into downtown’s restaurant scene.
Artisan Cafe in Garfield and Coffee Buddha in the North Hills will close on February 29. Open 4 years and 9 years respectively, both shops posted their announcements on social media, thanking their customers for their support.