Pittsburgh food in June 2018: What's opening and what's closing

Rosilynne Culgan

Published June 1, 2018


Updated 1:45 p.m. 

With the amount of restaurant openings this summer, why even own a kitchen?

New this month: Comfort food at Smallman Galley, Portuguese treats in Bloomfield, and Caribbean dishes in Beechview. On the horizon: More than a dozen new bars and restaurants. You’re gonna want to get out your stretchiest pants.


Here’s what’s new for this month (and what you might have missed last month).


Joey’s and Home at Smallman Galley, Strip District

Two new dining concepts are open at restaurant incubator Smallman Galley as of today. Joey Hilty, owner of The Vandal, will debut “Joey’s,” a modern European cafe concept featuring simple, ingredient-driven dishes. Phill Milton, sous chef at fl.2, will also introduce a menu of comfort dishes at the aptly named “Home.” Find their menus online here.

Btw, while you’re there, pair your meal with one of Smallman Galley’s new cocktails, inspired by the flavors of childhood, like Mountain Dew Code Red, Froot Loops, and pizza rolls.

Big Easy Dog Daze & Cafe, Lawrenceville

It’s a cafe for humans, and dogs are welcome. Expect a menu of Cuban foods and pastries, along with coffee drinks.

Azorean Cafe, Bloomfield

Come for stews, seafood casseroles, and Azorean pastries at this Portuguese cafe. Don’t miss “queijada,” a pastry with custard — “they’re made from a secret recipe that has been in my village for 100 years,” the owner told Good Food Pittsburgh.

Musa Caribbean / Cajun Fare, Beechview

The name says it all: Caribbean and Cajun delicacies take center stage here. Expect everything from chipotle shrimp to seafood gumbo to pineapple coconut ice cream. Also check out the spacious deck for outside dining.

Voodoo Brewery at the Airport, Moon Township

For all your airport beer needs, Voodoo opened a taproom in Concourse C, joining fellow local brewery Penn Brewery at the airport.

See you soon

Lorelei, East Liberty

Look for an “early summer” opening for Lorelei in the former Livermore spot in East Liberty, a new bar from the owners of Independent Brewing Company and Hidden Harbor. As Pittsburgh Magazine reports, Lorelei is named not for Lorelai Gilmore but for “the mythical siren that sits atop a mystical rock that juts into the Rhine river in Germany.” Yes, really.

Molinaro Ristorante, Downtown

Seafood restaurant Poros is being turned into Molinaro Ristorante with a “high-end Italian approach,” per the Business Times. It’s set to open in early June in one of the most prominent locations in the city, between Market Square and PPG Place.

Pie for Breakfast, Oakland

The building’s “coming soon” sign has tantalized Oakland passersby for years. But it’s finally happening. Though there’s not an exact date set, training is already happening. Pie for Breakfast describes itself like this: “We offer more than pies and breakfast. We are like if a European coffee shop had a baby with a truck stop.”

TBSP, Mt. Oliver

Four bakers in residence will sell baked goods at the TBSP storefront in Mt. Oliver Borough, a culinary incubator. The opening date has been pushed back to June or July, so stay tuned for sweet treats. TBSP’s inaugural cohort of bakers in residence features a sweet-and-savory expert, a sourdough artisan and a pretzel pro.

See you soon-ish

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