Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Hartner's, Acanthus Restaurants Close

IN THE NEWS: Hartner's Restaurant, a Cranberry Township dining institution since 1951, has closed and will be replaced by a Walgreen's, Pittsburgh Business Times reports. ... The Times also looks at the growing number of area non-chain Mexican restaurants, including soon-to-be opening Patron's Mexican Grill in Wexford, near the junction of Routes 19 and 910. ... The Times also reports that Fort Walton,Fla.-based Cuppy's Coffee will open its first area drive-thru coffee shop in the Chartiers Valley Shopping Center in Bridgeville in the next few weeks. With its first franchisee established for the new location, the company is actively seeking others with the ambition to build 20 to 30 locations in the Pittsburgh area. The company serves Caffe D'arte coffee from Seattle, along with mochas, lattes, cappuccino, fruit smoothies, Chai teas and Italian sodas. pittsburgh.bizjournals.com ... Pittsburgh Dish reports that just a week after receiving a rave review in the City Paper, Acanthus restaurant has closed to the public and is only entertaining private parties for 12 or more. pittsburghdish.typepad.com ... The Post-Gazette's Bruce Dobler reviews The Tuscan Inn (2684 Wildwood Road, Hampton, 412-486-7696, thetuscaninnzc.com), while Bob Podurgiel considers Nicaraguan eatery Rivas Restaurant on West Main Street in Carnegie, and the Munch column goes to Courthouse Tavern (310 Forbes Ave., Downtown. 412-338-8608). ... post-gazette.com ... Kellie Gormly reviews Tusca Mediterranean Tapas (2773 Sidney St., South Side, 412-488-9000), while Alice T. Carter considers Red Star Brewery and Grille (101 Ehalt St., Greensburg, 724-850-7245 or online). pittsburghlive.com ... Pittsburgh City Paper's Angelique Bamburg and Jason Roth review Bado's Cucina (3825 Washington Road, Peters Township. 724-942-3904). pittsburghcitypaper.ws ... Pittsburgh magazine's September 2007 Best of Pittsburgh issue includes Best Coffeehouse 61C Café (1839 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill; 412/521-6161). wqed.org/mag

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

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