Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com
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, www.muriels.net), 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; www.churchbrew.com). post-gazette.com ... 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, www.palatebistro.com) and Michael Machosky visits Istanbul Grille (305 North Craig St., Oakland). pittsburghlive.com ... City Paper reviews King Tut (200 Rodi Road, Penn Hills). pittsburghcitypaper.com ... Pittsburgh magazine's Deborah McDonald reviews Cafe Roma (4770 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield). wqed.com/mag ... PittsburghDish.typepad.com raves about Muriel's brunch.