Monday, August 27, 2007

The Big Mac Museum Restaurant Debuts

IN THE NEWS: The Tribune-Review's William Loeffler reports on the opening of The Big Mac Museum Restaurant, which will serve a full McDonald's menu (9061 Route 30, in North Huntingdon), while Luis Fabregas reviews Penn Brewery (800 Vinial Street, Troy Hill, 412-237-9402), Kellie Gormley visits Double Wide Grill (2339 E. Carson St., South Side, 412-390-1111), and Michael Machosky considers Village Candy (344 Beaver St., Sewickley, 412-741-1490). ... The prospect of an Allegheny County pour tax may compel the local hospitality industry to organize in a way many say it never has before, the Pittsburgh Business Times reports. Led by Sean Casey, owner of The Church Brew Works, a bevy of well-known local restaurateurs are working to establish a new business league to formally oppose a 10 percent tax on alcoholic drinks that's expected to be voted on by Allegheny County Council in December. The new organization -- informally called Friends Against Counterproductive Taxation -- includes both fine-dining institutions, taverns, brew pubs and breweries, bridging a long-time divide between wine and beer interests in the region. ... The Times also reports that Bruschetta’s owner John Lewis, citing declining sales at his flagship restaurant on the South Side, is opening a third Bruschetta’s, this one in Murrysville. ... The Post-Gazette's Munch column visits Pacific Ring (1900 Murray Ave, Squirrel Hill, 412-421-3338, ... The City Paper reviews Remedy (5121 Butler St., Lawrenceville, 412-781-6771) and previews the 35th Annual Greek Food Festival begins Wed., Aug. 29, through Sept. 2. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (302 W. North Ave., North Side, 412-321-9282).

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Reviewers Rate Imagines, Wooden Angel

IN THE NEWS: The Post-Gazette's Pat Jennings reviews Imagines (631 Painters Run Road, Upper St. Clair), while Munch goes to Rick's Sports Bar & Grill (5400 William Penn Highway/Route 22, Murrysville). ... The Tribune-Review's Michael Machosky considers 28-year-old Allegheny Sandwich Shoppe (822 Western Ave.), while Mark Houser reviews Wooden Angel (308 Leopard Lane, Bridgewater, Beaver County) and Karin Welzel features Mojo Bistro (172 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue). ... The City Paper reviews Acanthus (604 W. North Ave.) ... visits Crepes Parisiennes (207 S. Craig Street, Pittsburgh).

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Organic Pizza Fusion Chain Set for Area

IN THE NEWS: Pizza Fusion, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based franchise that claims to be the country's first organic pizza chain, has established its first franchisee in the Pittsburgh area, Pittsburgh Business Times reports. Wende Goncz, a anesthesiologist who lives in Pine Township, signed on with the franchise last month. She expects to have a lease in place for the region's first Pizza Fusion location slated for Pine by the end of the week. ... The Post-Gazette's Bruce Dobler reviews Marzoni's Brick Oven & Brewing Co. (4643 Route 8, Hampton), while Munch goes to Eat Unique (305 S. Craig St., Oakland). ... The Tribune-Review's Sally Quinn reviews Jerome Bettis' Grille 36 (393 North Shore Drive), while Michael Machosky considers The Cafe (2516 E. Carson St.) and Kellie Gormley weighs in on Muriel's (856 Western Ave., ... The paper notes that Capital Grille, which has nearly 30 restaurant locations nationwide, is making its Pittsburgh debut Aug. 27 in in Piatt Place at 301 Fifth Ave., downtown. ... City Paper reviews The Shiloh (123 Shiloh St., Mount Washington).

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Bruster's Ice Cream Teams with Nathan's

IN THE NEWS: After growing a successful franchise selling desserts, Bruster's Real Ice Cream is ready to serve up a full meal. The Bridgewater, Beaver County-based ice cream chain recently began a strategy to co-brand its stores with The Nathan's Famous Corp., the publicly traded New York-based hot dog chain known for its nationally televised Fourth of July hot dog-eating contests, Pittsburgh Business Times reports. So far, six of Bruster's 260 locations have become two-in-one Bruster's/Nathan's stores, including the region's first in Dormont. ... The Post-Gazette's Elizabeth Downer looks at happy hours, including Palomino (Four Gateway Center, Suite 100). .. Leslie Fleischer reviews Muriel's (856 Western Ave., North Side,, while Munch goes to The Garden Cafe at Heinz Hall. ... The paper notes: The Capital Grille, an upscale steakhouse chain that topped a 2006 Consumer Reports reader survey, will officially open to the public at Piatt Place, Downtown, Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. ... Marlene Parrish looks at outdoor dining, including Church Brew Works & Restaurant (3525 Liberty Ave, Lawrenceville; ... The Tribune-Review's Brianna Horan features The Stone Mansion (1600 Stone Mansion Drive, Franklin Park), while Alice Carter reviews Palate (212 Sixth St., Downtown, and Michael Machosky visits Istanbul Grille (305 North Craig St., Oakland). ... City Paper reviews King Tut (200 Rodi Road, Penn Hills). ... Pittsburgh magazine's Deborah McDonald reviews Cafe Roma (4770 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield). ... raves about Muriel's brunch.

Compiled by Pat Embry,