Showing posts with label Openings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Openings. Show all posts

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Pho and Roll Vietnamese Kitchen now open in East Liberty, in old Two Sisters spot.

Pho and Roll Vietnamese Kitchen has recently opened in East Liberty at 216 N. Highland Ave. (map), the spot most recently occupied by Two Sisters Vietnamese Kitchen until its closure on December 31. The menu is primarily pho, of course, with a selection of other sides and entrees, including a number of spring, summer, and egg rolls. Pho and Roll is run by Tnon (Simon) Atapan, who has owned and operated Thai restaurants and groceries in the Chicago area for the last several years.

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Meccha Matcha coming soon to Squirrel Hill.

Meccha Matcha is opening a Pittsburgh location soon at 2000 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill (map), in what was formerly Te Cafe. Pronounced May-cha---Japanese for very---rather than Meck-ah---as in a robot suit you wear into battle---the menu boasts "America's strongest matcha ice cream!" and offers green tea ice cream, green tea lattes, blended ice, and a few other non-matcha coffee and tea drinks. There are currently Meccha Matcha locations in California and Texas.

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Work progresses on new Many More Asian Market location in Strip District.

Work continues on the new location for Many More Asian Market at 2767 Liberty Ave (map), into first-floor warehouse space measuring over 24,000 square feet. It was announced last fall that it will move to a new location a few blocks southwest from its current spot at 3050 Smallman St. near the border of Lawrenceville and the Strip District (map). The store says the plan to open at the new location in the summer, and information about the project is available from the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning, where the floroplan and lot design plans are detailed.
The proposed floorplan of the new site is below. The entrance and exit will be on 28th street. The lot will also feature on-site automobile and bicycle parking:

Many More Asian Market opened in October 2013. It will be one of several Asian groceries to move to bigger spaces lately: Oriental Market in the North Hills moved to a larger space on McKnight Road in March 2021, and Panda Supermarket in Squirrel Hill moved a few storefronts down to a two-story space in September 2021.

Friday, January 20, 2023

Dr. Tea, from the Mt. Everest Sushi owners, now open in Shadyside.

via Dr Tea 

A new tea place, Dr. Tea, opened in Shadyside on January 15. It specializes in milk teas, fruit teas, and lattes, and is from the team behind Oakland's Mt. Everest Sushi, according to the county's restaurant inspection records. It's located at 736 Bellefonte St. (map), above The Yard.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

The 98 Contemporary Thai Cuisine coming soon to Fox Chapel, from founder of Squirrel Hill's Took Took 98.

The 98 Contemporary Thai Cuisine is coming soon to Fox Chapel, run by the owner of Took Took 98 in Squirrel Hill. Banners went up for the restaurant in September at 1034 Freeport Rd. (map), until recently home of one of three Thai Place locations around the city.

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Viet Nom Nom now open in Squirrel Hill.

Viet Nom Nom, a Vietnamese quick service restaurant, is now open in Squirrel Hill. The online menu is currently incomplete, but a display on the window details the process of building a bowl: choose a carb, choose a protein, and choose some veggies.

is located at 1711 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill (map), the spot most recently occupied by Nu Jewish Bistro. Signage for it first went up in November.

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Squirrel Hill's Tan Lac Vien to open new restaurant on Forbes Ave.

Tan Lac Vien, a Vietnamese restaurant in Squirrel Hill, will open a new restaurant at 5846 Forbes Ave. (map), the former location of Panda Supermarket before that grocery store moved down the street in 2021. Signage just went up for its liquor license, so there is no timetable on when the restaurant might open.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Yo! Tea Boba Studio & Yoka Grills, serving bubble tea and hot pot, now open in North Oakland.

Yo! Tea & Yoka Grills has opened this fall at 4615 Centre. Ave in North Oakland (map), in the spot formerly occupied by Pizza Twist. It had a soft open on October 8. Photos here courtesy of the restaurant.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Awning up for Viet Nom Nom in Squirrel Hill.

An awning is now up at Viet Nom Nom, a restaurant offering "quick service Vietnamese food" coming soon to Squirrel Hill. The new signage goes along with the painted wall that appeared earlier this month. Viet Nom Nom will be located at 1711 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill (map), the spot most recently occupied by Nu Jewish Bistro.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

New Vietnamese restaurant coming soon to Squirrel Hill.

Fresh Viet Nom Nom paint is up at 1711 Murray Ave. (map), where a new Vietnamese restaurant will be opening soon. The spot was most recently Nu Jewish Bistro.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Fudi Asian Mart 福宝超市 now open in Shadyside.

Fudi Asian Mart 福宝超市 is now open in Shadyside. The Chinese-owned Asian specialty grocery opened at 5020 Centre Ave (map) on November 1. Signage went up in September for the area's newest Asian grocery, located in the former AccuServ Pharmacy.

The interior is still a work in progress, and the store is smaller in size than the former Panda location, but at this point does carry a snacks, beverages, beauty products, frozen products, produce, and rice. It will likely flesh its supply out as the weeks go by, if the other Asian groceries' openings provide any lesson.

Monday, October 10, 2022

New(ish) food truck in Oakland: Hundred Miles Crepes.

A food truck serving Chinese crepes, skewers, and sandwiches opened in August in Oakland: Hundred Miles Crepes.

Hal B. Klein of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiled the restaurant shortly after it opened:
Hundred Miles Crepes, owned by Gloria Pei and Kevin Gao, is likely Pittsburgh’s first food truck focused on Chinese street food. The specialty of the house is jian bing, a savory breakfast crepe that was created nearly 2,000 years ago in Shandong, a province in northeastern China, and is now widespread throughout the country.

"We are hoping to introduce people who aren’t familiar with these dishes to a whole new style of fast food," says Pei.

Ning Zhao is the food truck's chef. He's worked in Pittsburgh kitchens for more than 10 years, including stints at Chengdu Gourmet in Squirrel Hill and Hunan Bar in Oakland. The tasty crepes are made from a batter of several types of wheat and dried mung bean powder topped with a cracked egg, studded with black sesame seeds and cooked on a griddle. He rolls the crepe with crispy wonton crackers, lettuce and onion, and extra fillings including sausage, Spam, braised meat and shredded pig ear.

"What's nice is that you can have something very simple or you can get it loaded with a bunch of things" Pei says.

The menu also includes a handful of cold appetizers such as shredded potato salad and beef tendon with green onions along with Chinese lamb and pork sandwiches. The owners say they plan on adding a few more items, including meat skewers cooked on a hibachi grill, in the next few weeks.
The truck is parked near the intersection of Fifth and Ruskin Aves., in front of Clapp Hall (map).

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Many More Asian Market to move to new location closer to Strip District.

Many More Asian Market, currently located at 3050 Smallman St. near the border of Lawrenceville and the Strip District (map), will soon move to a location a few blocks southwest. It will be located at 2767 Liberty Ave (map). There is no timetable for the move, but information about the project is available from the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning. Many More Asian Market opened in October 2013.

芋见BAO / Meet Bao opening Craig St. location soon.

The second location for Oakland restaurant 芋见BAO, formally known as Meet Bao is set to open soon a few blocks away on Craig St. Signage is up for its soft opening, and the restaurant was cleared to open recently by the Allegheny County Health Department. It will be located at 400 S. Craig St. (map) which was home to Yumwok / Lulu's Noodles for several decades before closing in June.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Kura Revolving Sushi Bar coming to South Side in 2023.

via @kurasushiusa 

Kura Revolving Sushi Bar will be a new tenant in the SouthSide Works Box Office development. According to
Kura Revolving Sushi Bar originated in Japan and recently expanded to North America. Sushi makes its way around the restaurant on a conveyor belt in a new dining concept. This is the first Kura Revolving Sushi Bar in the Pittsburgh market.
According to the Kura website:
Kura Sushi USA, Inc., is an innovative and tech interactive Japanese restaurant concept established in 2008 as a subsidiary of Kura Sushi, Inc. As pioneers of the revolving sushi concept, the Kura family of companies have improved upon the developed innovative systems that combine advanced technology, premium ingredients, and affordable prices to enhance the unique dining experience. Since the first restaurant opening in 1977, Kura Sushi, Inc. has grown substantially with more than 500 locations across Japan, Taiwan and the United States.

We pay particular attention to ingredients, taste, and preparation for all of our dishes. Our philosophy of “muten” or “nothing added” is an ongoing promise that our food is prepared using fresh, high quality ingredients free of artificial sweeteners, seasonings, preservatives and colorings.

We can’t wait for you to enjoy the healthy, fun, and delicious dining experience that is Kura Revolving Sushi Bar!
According to NextPittsburgh, Kura Revolving Sushi Bar is eyeing a 2023 open.

Monday, September 26, 2022

PF BBQ (匹夫小馆) opens in Oakland, in former Sichuan Gourmet spot.

PF BBQ (匹夫小馆)) has recently opened in Oakland. It is located at 238 Atwood St. (map), in the location of the former Oakland branch of Sichuan Gourmet. The original Squirrel Hill Sichuan Gourmet location remains open, but the Oakland branch that opened in 2015 closed at the start of COVID. Not much information exists about PF BBQ yet, but here is a quick photo of the menu:

It does appear in the Chinese-language version of the Ricepo app, but not the English-language one. Menu items include several varieties of grilled fish, several hot pot selections, pickle pepper frog, konjac hot pot duck, stir-fried clams, and more.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

The 98 Contemporary Thai Cuisine coming soon to Fox Chapel.

Banners are up for The 98 Contemporary Thai Cuisine, coming soon to Fox Chapel. It will be located at 1034 Freeport Rd. (map), until recently home of one of three Thai Place locations around the city.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Asian grocery Fudi Asian Mart coming to Shadyside.

Sigange is up at 5020 Centre Ave. (map) for Fudi Asian Mart, an Asian grocery coming soon to Shadyside. The location was formerly home to AccuServ Pharmacy.
We first read about this in an August /r/pittsburgh thread about Asian groceries in the area, but the poster did not respond to messages for more information. This figures to be an ideal location for people living in the Shadyside, Friendship, and Bloomfield areas, all of which have substantial---for Pittsburgh anyway---Asian, internatioanl, and globally-minded populations.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Oakland's K-Town Snack Bar to soft-open today at 11:00 am.

K-Town Snack Bar, a Korean quick-service restaurant from the team behind the Mr. Bulgogi food truck, announced yesterday a soft-opening today, August 30. Originally scheduled to open August 15, the new restaurant is located at at 210 Oakland Ave. (map), which briefly and most recently held Wild Ninja Asian Grill.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

New Chengdu Gourmet to open September 1st on McKnight Road.

The second Chengdu Gourmet location will open September 1 in the North Hills, located at 4768 McKnight Road (map), in what was formerly Oriental Market (which moved up the street earlier in 2021). The original and current location, located on Forward Ave., will remain there.

In Pittsburgh Magazine last year, Hal B. Klein summarized some key differences between it and the Squirrel Hill location, which is routinely named among the best restaurants in the city:
There will be two significant distinctions [between the two restaurants]: Zhu plans to install tanks that will allow him to sell fresh-as-can-be fish and shellfish, and he’ll offer an expanded selection of Americanized-Chinese dishes (which were dialed-back in Squirrel Hill a few years ago) to better serve North Hills diners new to Sichuan cuisine.

The ample space will offer expanded seating, including two private dining rooms, a sushi counter and, as Zhu has acquired a liquor license for the new restaurant, a bar. “It’s going to be a much bigger restaurant. Everyone will be happy when they come here,” Zhu says.

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