With New Eateries on the Horizon, 2023 is the Year of Asian Food in Pittsburgh

Novo Asian Food Hall will open in the Strip while Kura Revolving Sushi Bar settles in the South Side.
Novo Rendering 3 Ae7 Feature Bar

RENDERING COURTESY OF AE7

Are you a fiend for Asian cuisine? After you’ve tried Roger Li’s The Parlor Dim Sum in Lawrenceville, one of 2022’s Best New Restaurants, The Terminal’s got you covered. 

This summer, Novo Asian Food Hall, an 8,600-square-foot eatery with seven stalls and bar, will open in the historic Strip District development at 1931 Smallman St., joining new tenants such as Aslin Beer Co.

Local restaurateurs Mike Chen of Everyday Noodles and Mola’s Alex Tang want to give Pittsburghers a “novo” (new) way to enjoy the diverse flavors of Asia in a central location. The decor will also reflect the colors and energy of the regions represented in the menus. 

Architectural firm AE7 took design inspiration from the vibrant streets and villages. When construction is complete, the food hall will include a mix of woods and textures, art installations and murals. 

There will be seating for approximately 150 in the main dining room and 25 at the bar, which will focus on sake as well as Asian whiskey and beer. During warm weather months, there will be outdoor seating on Spruce Way. The Terminal passageways adjacent to the food hall will offer additional seating, markets and special events.

Kura Hand Grabbing Bikkura Pon Ball

PHOTO COURTESY OF KURA REVOLVING SUSHI BAR

Kura Revolving Sushi Bar

On the South Side of town, another Asian-food destination is about to make people’s heads turn.

Kura Revolving Sushi Bar will occupy a 3,820-square-foot, ground-floor space in SouthSide Works Box Office building, which currently houses Pins Mechanical. Food will be presented on a  two-layered conveyor belt system and guests can also interface with drink delivery robots. 

The Kura family opened their first restaurant in 1977 in Japan, becoming pioneers in the “revolving sushi” concept. Since then, the Kura Corporation and its subsidiary, Kura Sushi USA, have grown to include more than 400 locations across Japan, Taiwan and the United States. 

The Pittsburgh site is expected to open in 2023. 

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