The Latest Restaurant and Cafe Openings in Pittsburgh

We say hello to casual riverfront dining, beloved bagels and new coffee spots, while bidding a fond farewell to a popular tap room.

photo by hal B. Klein

Farmer x Baker
Jennifer Urich, the farmer behind Root and Heart Farm in Gibsonia, opened Farmer x Baker in an upcycled shipping container on Aspinwall’s riverfront in early August. Urich, who has been baking for years as a hobby, is making all of her breads and baked goods from scratch and highlighting produce, meats and cheeses from farms within 30 miles of Pittsburgh. The menu is seasonal, with no focus on a particular cuisine. 285 River Ave., Aspinwall;​

Ka-Fair Coffee and Cakery​
Nestled inside the former Bookshelf Café, Ka-Fair Coffee and Cakery is bringing a slice of Thailand’s coffee culture to Morningside. Co-owner Sujitra Taimmoungpan, who immigrated to the United States from Thailand a few years ago, serves her pour-overs in small wooden bowls, a Thai tradition. The cafe serves Commonplace coffee, fresh juices, smoothies and a small selection of sandwiches and breakfast foods. 1806 Chislett St., Morningside; 412/320-0883

photo by laura petrilla

Pigeon Bagel
After spending a few years as a seasonal pop-up at farmers markets around the city, as well as selling its bagels wholesale, Pigeon Bagel opened a permanent location in Squirrel Hill in late July. The shop also offers a few sandwiches such as classic lox, vegan carrot lox and whitefish, as well as a selection of spreads. Redhawk Coffee supplies the coffee and the shop is equipped with an espresso machine. In order to better serve the neighborhood, Pigeon Bagel is certified kosher by the Vaad Harabanim of Greater Pittsburgh (check out the certificate displayed on their website.) 5613 Hobart St., Squirrel Hill;

Black Forge Coffee House
Black Forge Coffee House opened a second location in McKees Rocks in mid-July. After noise complaints in Allentown last year, owner Ashley Corts began looking for a space where the shop’s metal and punk music roots could be more loudly appreciated. The new space will host concerts, open mics and more, as well as serving coffee and baked goods. 701 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks;

photo by hal b. klein

Shaka, Federal Galley
Named for the Hawaiian hand gesture that expresses friendly greetings, partings and approval, (known to popular culture as the surfer symbol for “hang loose”), Shaka is the most recent addition to Federal Galley. Shaka is chef Summer Le’s second concept. Her first was the 2017 launch of Bahnmilicious, a modern Vietnamese restaurant, in Smallman Galley. Shaka is focused on Asian, Hawaiian and Polynesian fusion, offering dishes such as poke bowls with tempura shrimp, pho and Hawaiian bibimbap. 200 Children's Way, North Side; 412/517-6400,

Now Closed: East End Brewing Company Strip District Taproom
East End Brewing Company has closed its Strip District taproom. The beloved craft brewery has long had an outpost in the Strip District, pouring beers first in the now-closed Pittsburgh Public Market prior to opening its taproom down the street in 2016. The brewery’s Larimar space remains open, now with the addition of Larder of East End.

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