Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Critics Post Grades for Classroom, Library

IN THE NEWS: The Tribune-Review's pittsburghlive.com Karin Welzel reviews The Classroom Restaurant (133 Camp Lane, McMurray, Washington County), while Alice Carter visits The Library (2304 East Carson St.) and Michael Machosky stops by downtown's Mexico City. ... Carole Napolitano blogs a rave of Chinese restaurant Liang's Hunan Chinese on Liberty Avenue. ... The Post-Gazette's post-gazette.com Christine O'Toole reviews Tusca (2773 Sidney St., South Side), while Elizabeth Downer reviews the downtown French bistro Palate www.palatebistro.com, and the Munch column visits Jerry's Curb Service, 1521 Riverside Drive, Bridgewater. ... Pittsburgh City Paper pittsburghcitypaper.ws reviews breakfast spot Eggs N'at (8556 University Blvd., Moon Township). ... Blogger EatItAndLoveIt.com reviews Emiliano's Restaurante & Cantina (8600 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh).

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

'Soup Nazi' Eatery Set for Downtown in Fall

IN THE NEWS: The Original SoupMan, featuring the well-known soups of Al Yeganeh, is preparing to land downtown, the Pittsburgh Business Times reports. A local franchisee will lease a 1,171-square-foot location in the Forbes Garage at the corner of Forbes Avenue and Smithfield Street in the fall. The inspiration for the "Soup Nazi" character on "Seinfeld," Yeganeh's original soup shop was a fixture in midtown Manhattan until closing in April 2006. ... The Times also reports that Christian Fyke is optimistic his new Rivertowne Pour House in Monroeville will succeed, despite the spotty track record brew pubs have had in Pittsburgh over the past decade ... The Post-Gazette's Munch reviews Mercurio's Mulberry Creamery (733 Copeland St., Shadyside). post-gazette.com ... City Paper's Angelique Bamburg and Jason Roth review Urban Fusion Cafe (801 N. Negley Ave., Highland Park). pittsburghcitypaper.ws ... The Tribune-Review's Karin Welzel reviews Pino's Mediterranean Bistro (6738 Reynolds St., Point Breeze). pittsburghlive.com

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Tambellini's on 51 Closing Set For June 30

IN THE NEWS: Tambellini's on 51, a local dining institution for more than 60 years, is set to be retired, the Pittsburgh Business Times reports. After buying the South Hills restaurant from Andrew Tambellini last July, Ed and Anna Dunlap will close the Route 51 landmark at the end of June. "We tried it for six months under the Tambellini banner and it wasn't working," said Dunlap, whose other restaurant holdings include Le Mont on Mount Washington and two Cafe Euro restaurants. Dunlap said the plan is to close Tambellini's on June 30 and spent the next two and a half months on a long-needed renovation of the restaurant's 25,000 square foot facility. Dunlap said he expects to invest $1.5 million on a full renovation that will feature decor patterned after a villa in Tuscany. In September, Dunlap will reopen the eatery as Amici Ristorante. An Italian word meaning friends, Amici will feature Tuscan Italian cuisine in a more casual atmosphere, the Times reports. ... The Post-Gazette's Munch column visits The Bagel Factory (5885 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill), while the paper notes Trilogy's new executive chef Jay Whittenberger, who comes to the downtown Pittsburgh restaurant from Sedeo Cafe in Ohio. post-gazette.com ... The Tribune-Review's Alice T. Carter reviews Pacific Ring (1900 Murrary Ave., Squirrel Hill). The paper also notes, ""Three Courses for $30" will be offered during Pittsburgh Restaurant Week June 25-28 at more than 60 area restaurants, in addition to their regular menus. The program was created and is produced by Pittsburgh Celebrates! and is presented in partnership with Visit Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association. Among participating restaurants are Cafe Allegro, South Side; Ciao Baby Ristorante, Market Square; DiSalvo's Station Restaurant, Latrobe; Helen's Restaurant, Seven Springs Mountain Resort; Lucca Ristorante, Oakland; McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, South Side; Rockwell's Red Lion, Elizabeth; and The Terrace Room, Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown. Details at www.pittsburghcelebrates.org." ... Critic Karen Welzel reviews The Original Fish Market Restaurant (The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh, 1000 Penn Ave., Downtown). pittsburghlive.com ... City Paper's Angelique Bamberg and Jason Roth review Tamarind Flavor of India (257 N. Craig St., Oakland). pittsburghcitypaper.ws

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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Jerome Bettis Grille 36 Opens

IN THE NEWS: The Post-Gazette reports, "Jerome Bettis Grille 36 will open June 5 in the DelMonte Building on the North Side, just across from Heinz Field, where the retired and beloved running back played. He worked with Ft. Lauderdale-based Celebrity Ventures Inc. to develop the eatery and nightspot, which will feature a signature "Jerome 36-ounce Steak" as well as, in the bar, 36 different martinis, 36 different beers and 36 different vodkas, in honor of the number he wore on his Steelers jersey".... The paper also notes, "The landmark Chesterfield's Restaurant along Route 30 in North Huntingdon has a date with a wrecking ball. Formerly the Ben Gross Supper Club popular in the 1960s, Chesterfield's has been a fixture in the Norwin area for almost a quarter-century. According to owner Barbara Braun, Pittsburgh-based Walnut Capital Development has purchased the restaurant. "A Walgreen's and a Starbucks is going into the space.)" ... The paper's Anita Srikameswaran reports, "Some restaurants and bars that adopted smoke-free policies won't put ashtrays back on their tables, even though a county ordinance prohibiting smoking in indoor workplaces was stubbed out (recently) by a state court. Allegheny County's smoking ban was in effect in dining and drinking establishments for the first 14 hours or so of May 1, until Commonwealth Court issued an injunction preventing its implementation in those establishments. A three-judge panel ruled that because of a clause in the state's Clean Indoor Air Act of 1986, Allegheny County did not have the authority to enact the ordinance at all. Nonetheless, Sonoma Grille, Downtown, decided to stay smoke free. It formerly allowed smoking in its lounge." ... The paper also reports that popular Luma Restaurant, Aspinwall, has opened its second eatery -- complete with outside patio seating -- at 186 Castle Shannon Blvd. in Mt. Lebanon. ... The Munch column drops by Mojo Bistro (172 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue). ... Staffer Bob Batz Jr. writes, "I love a new pocket-sized book titled, Where We Like To Eat n 'At! Subtitled "Celebrating Pittsburgh Neighborhoods," the cute self-published booklet presents mini-profiles of 57 (get it?) little eateries around the region." post-gazette.com ... The Eat'n Park restaurant chain will be totally smoke free, its operator says. Homestead, Pa.-based Eat'n Park Hospitality Group Inc. says its 68 locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia will be cleaned over the next two weeks and that the change to smoke-free restaurants is immediate, the Pittsburgh Business Times reports. ... Tribune-Review critic Karin Welzel reviews Palazzo Ristorante (144 Sixth St., Cultural District, Downtown), while Michael Machosky stops by Amani International Coffeehouse & Cafe (507 Foreland St., North Side) and Luis Fabregas visits Church Brew Works. ... The paper also reports, "Palate is the name of the latest restaurant to open along Sixth Street in the Cultural District, Downtown. The theme is a Parisian bistro, offering French fusion cooking with a flair, by executive chef Ryan Racicot and owner John Valentine, at 212 Sixth St., across from Heinz Hall." pittsburghlive.com ... The City Paper's Angelique Bamberg and Jason Roth each award three stars to Jake's Beef & Bar-B-Que (1500 Washington Road, in The Galleria, Mount Lebanon). pittsburghcitypaper.ws ... Pittsburgh magazine's June 2007 issue announces its annual Tour De Fork 25 best restaurants list, beginning with Acanthus (604 W. North Ave., North Side.). ... Critic Deborah McDonald reviews Top 25 notable Original Fish Market (1001 Liberty Ave., Westin Convention Center hotel, downtown). wqed.org/mag ... Blog EatItAndLoveIt.com reviews D’s Six Packs and Dogz (4320 Northern Pike, Monroeville). ... Pittsburgh Dish pittsburghdish.typepad.com checks out Muriel's.

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