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What’s new to Pittsburgh’s food scene.

By Francesca Dabecco

Welcome to Wednesday, Pittsburgh.

A new month has begun, and you know what that means. We’re back with our monthly food-and-drink updates. The ‘Burgh is serving some hot new spots to try this month, with everything from coffee and cocktails, to pizza and pasta, to comfort food and brews.

We’d like to remind everyone that while most COVID-19 restrictions in Pennsylvania were lifted on Memorial Day, and restaurants were permitted to open at full capacity, a lot of restaurants are struggling to find the resources they need to do so. In many cases, staffing is still sparse. So please remember to be kind, cautious, and of course, tip well.

In case you missed last month’s edition, catch up here. If we missed something, let us know so we can add it to the list.

Lavender latte from Tonic Coffee in Lawrenceville (📸: Francesca Dabecco)


🍟 Back To The Foodture just released a sequel. The beloved burger and wing spot moved to a new location on East Carson Street, becoming the first Black-owned business in the South Side Works, per TribLIVE.

🍦 Dari Delite, a longtime Swissvale neighborhood spot, is scooping up sweet treats under new ownership and will soon add dairy-free options, per Good Food Pittsburgh.

De Fer Coffee & Tea, a Strip District fave, recently set up a new shop at The Highline and has since expanded to another spot in South Oakland.

🍖 The Eagle Food & Beer Bar is serving Southern staples in the Steel City, like fried chicken, hush puppies, and collard greens. They’re open for indoor and outdoor seating on Penn Avenue, Downtown, per NEXTPittsburgh.

🍺 Four Points Brewing, a Charleroi-based brewery, reclaimed the old Shamrock Inn on the North Side with indoor and outdoor space to enjoy a bevy of beverages.

➡️ Galley Bakery Square is cooking up with four restaurant concepts: GG’s Cafe, Somi, City Fresh Pasta, and Bubba’s. Can’t choose where to take your friends for dinner? This spot, inspired by the former Smallman Galley in The Strip District, has something for everyone.

🍸 Goodlander is a cocktail brewery in Larimer pouring drinks from kegs of carbonated, low-waste cocktails like moscow mules, gin & tonics, and mojitos. They’re sold in returnable glass growlers so you can return, refill, and enjoy.

🍝 The Italian eatery Pizzaiolo Primo reopened under new ownership and is back to serving Neopolitian pizza and pasta in Market Square.

🏨 The Rebel Room and The Industrialist Lounge are two casual eateries located in Downtown’s newest hotel, The Industrialist Hotel. The Rebel Room serves American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and The Industrialist Lounge is a prime spot for an after-work cocktail, per Hospitality Net.

🍹 Tonic Coffee, a woman-owned coffee/mocktail bar, is “inspired by world travels and inclusivity” and is now serving artful drinks in Lawrenceville.

  • Editor’s note: My partner and I tried it out over the weekend, and it was such a delicious experience. I had a lavender latte, and he had their signature drink, “Tonic Coffee.” The drink was earthy with the addition of charcoal and refreshing with hints of lime. It’s definitely the coolest (and only) coffee cocktail I’ve ever tasted.

🍕 Urban Oven is slinging pizzas, paninis, and even pancakes at its wood-fired joint in the Strip District.

See you soon

🍽️ 40 North is bringing global cuisine to Alphabet City on the North Side this summer, taking over the former Brugge on North. It shares the space with City of Asylum’s bookstore and will be led by Executive Chef Bethany Zozula and Beverage Director Sam Suter. Both are formerly from Ace Hotel’s popular Whitfield Restaurant, per Pittsburgh Magazine.

🚙 Rear End Gastropub & Garage is parked on Butler Street in a converted auto service station and will sell food inspired by an all-American road trip. It’s expected to hit the gas in the first week of July, according to NEXTPittsburgh.

🧀 Bitter End Rye & Charcuterie Bar is Rear End’s sister restaurant and the former location of Nooch’s Bar. It will offer “whiskey & meat” in a modern speakeasy with specialty cocktails and charcuterie boards. This location is set to open a couple months after Rear End.

🍔 Burgh’ers Brewing is set to bring smash burgers to The Highline in South Side this summer, NEXTpittsburgh reports.

🍕 Woodfired by Lorelei is coming to East Liberty from the team behind Lorelei, a cocktail bar in the historic Werner Building. While they’re still setting up shop, follow their page for pizza pop-ups.

🍺 Sly Fox Brewing Co., a Philly-based brewery, is putting down roots at The Highline on the South Side this summer.

🍳 The Journeyman’s Table is still on its journey to opening on Butler St., and will soon offer New American cuisine alongside craft cocktails, wine, and local beers.

🍵 Adda Coffee & Tea House is opening its fourth location in Downtown’s Cultural District this fall with a coffee shop and local vendor hall combo, per Good Food Pittsburgh.


🍷 After 37 years of fine dining on Grant St., The Carlton Restaurant Downtown has closed. Executive Chef Simon DeJohn will soon launch The Carlton Catering Company for events, per Pittsburgh Magazine.

A local favorite, Zeke’s Coffee, has slowly been shutting down its business over the past few months and recently posted a Facebook announcement stating that if you see another Zeke’s Coffee location pop up in Pittsburgh or beans in the grocery store, it will no longer be operated by the local business.

➡️ This is just a sneak peek. For more news on restaurants coming soon to Pittsburgh, here’s our full list.

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💃 Join the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy for Wellness Wednesday Zumba class in Allegheny Commons Park(North Side)

🌱 Join a naturalist educator for a tour of the From Slavery to Freedom Garden at Frick Environmental Center, in honor of Juneteenth (Squirrel Hill)


📚 Bring your little learner storytime every Thursday at the Iron Deer in Allegheny Commons for a story reading(North Side)

🍓 Shop from local farmers and artisans at the Market Square Farmers Market (Downtown)


📚 Bring your little learner to storytime every Friday in Schenley Plaza, plus a free ride on the PNC Carousel (weather permitting) (Oakland)

🌳 Meet at the Northeast Fountain in Allegheny Commons Park and enjoy a plant walk through the city scape (North Side)

🖼️ Admire art curated by the notwhite Collective at WE are the Global Majority Decolonizing SPACE opening reception (Downtown)

♻️ Educate and celebrate at the two-day sustainability event, Go Green at Market Square (Downtown)

🎢 Enjoy international cuisine, specialty cocktails, craft beer, and wine at Kennywood's Bites and Pints every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in June (Kennywood)

🛍️ Go sidewalk shopping at First Freitag with 30+ local businesses, vendors, and community groups on East Ohio Street (Deutschtown)

🌳 Relax at a day of poetry readings, writing workshops, hiking, yoga, and more at Women's Write Out (Riverview Park)


🎩 Go on a walking tour of racketeering sites at Fifth Avenue by the Numbers(Uptown)

🌟 Meet at the Fountain in Allegheny Commons for a meditation focused on the calming sound of the fountain water (North Side)

🌳 Stretch and flow among the trees as this all-levels yoga event (North Side)

♻️ Educate and celebrate at the two-day sustainability event, Go Green at Market Square (Downtown)

🎢 Enjoy international cuisine, specialty cocktails, craft beer, and wine at Kennywood's Bites and Pints every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in June (Kennywood)

One more thing …

Did we miss any openings and closings in our round-up this month? Hit reply and let us know. We're grateful for yinz.

Until tomorrow,

— Francesca at The Incline

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