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. ... 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" ... Critic Karen Welzel reviews The Original Fish Market Restaurant (The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh, 1000 Penn Ave., Downtown). ... City Paper's Angelique Bamberg and Jason Roth review Tamarind Flavor of India (257 N. Craig St., Oakland).

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