Pittsburgh food in March: What’s opening and what’s closing

Rossilynne Culgan

Published March 6, 2018


Updated 7:30 p.m. March 6

Downtown saw the most new openings in the past month, welcoming a casual bar, a seafood lunch spot, a beloved bakery and a food hall.

In Lawrenceville, a once-roving pizza shop established roots and a French restaurant moved in, while next door, the renowned Morcilla is closed for renovations after a massive flood.

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


Oxford Market, Downtown

Operating on the plaza-level of One Oxford Centre, this food hall is now open to serve weekday breakfast and lunch. It features Asian cuisine, Italian fare and a grill for burgers and sandwiches, plus rotating “Guestaurants” with appearances from local chefs.

Penn Cove, Downtown

Led by the team behind Penn Avenue Fish Co., The Penn Cove Eatery is serving up soup, sushi, salads and seafood-focused dishes for walk-up ordering. It’s open on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Downtown lunchtime crowd.

The Warren, Downtown

Attached to Penn Cove, The Warren is the brainchild of two craft cocktail pros. It’s a neighborhood bar featuring cocktails like the “Cloven Hoof” and the “Amaro’s A Day Away.”

La Gourmandine, Downtown

This superb sweet spot opened up a Downtown location for all of your croissant and bread and pastry needs.

Poulet Bleu, Lawrenceville

The latest venture from Richard DeShantz (the guy behind Butcher & The Rye, Meat & Potatoes, Pork & Beans, and Tako) has opened a French concept along Butler Street. Be sure to save room for dessert(s), which are already getting rave reviews.

Driftwood Oven, Lawrenceville

After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, the roving pizza shop Driftwood Oven has established roots in Lawrenceville along Butler Street. Known for its sourdough pizza, the shop churns out classic pies and seasonal offerings.

Carmi, South Side

Carmi Soul Food Restaurant moved to the South Side, and you can hear the story behind their dishes in this WQED video.

See you soon

Pittsburgh Food Truck Park, Millvale

It’s set to open at a former skatepark in early April and will feature wine, cider, beer and, of course, food trucks, per the Post-Gazette.

Fish Nor Fowl, Garfield

Another DeShantz concept, Fish Nor Fowl is slated to open in April in the former Salt of the Earth spot, Pittsburgh Magazine reports.

Brugge on North, North Side

The restaurateurs behind Point Brugge Café and Park Bruges will open a European-style cafe in the former Casellula spot with a goal to be “the neighborhood restaurant for the Mexican War Streets,” the owner told City Paper. It’s set for a spring opening.

Morcilla, Lawrenceville

After starting the year with a flood raining water into his Lawrenceville restaurant Morcilla, acclaimed chef Justin Severino is looking ahead to new food and new design for the Butler Street Spanish-style spot. A re-opening date is not yet set, but construction is ongoing, so we’ve got our fingers crossed.

See you soon-ish


Avenue B, Shadyside

After an eight-year run, the Shadyside classic Avenue B is closing its doors. In a Facebook post, the restaurant wrote: “Although we will miss feeding your faces dearly as we close this chapter, we are aggressively exploring our options to open the next one.”


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