Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com
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.