Burgatory will open at The Waterfront on Saturday

Written by Melissa McCart on . Openings

burgatoryBurgatory will to open its location at The Waterfront (299 W. Bridge St., West Homestead) this Saturday, April 26.

To celebrate, all locations will feature a shake using chocolate-chip cookies by West Homestead neighbor, Nancy B's Bakery.

The original Waterworks location near Aspinwall opened in January 2011 next-door to sibling restaurant Uncle Sam's, a sandwich shop. A stand in the Consol Energy Center opened next, followed last September by the restaurant at The Pointe in North Fayette.

Another in the Blue Spruce Shoppes in Murrysville will open next, followed by a North Shore location, located within the 120,000-square-foot development that's being built between PNC Park and Heinz Field.

Finally, a Burgatory is planned in the Gardens at Market Square on Forbes Avenue, Downtown, now expected to open in 2015.

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Eddie Merlot's opened Downtown yesterday

Written by Melissa McCart on . Openings

merlotsThe 300-seat steakhouse Eddie Merlot's opened yesterday at Four Gateway Center, Downtown, in the space formerly occupied by Elements.

The open dining room features accents of copper, maple and cherry wood. There are also two wine rooms, three private dining rooms and a patio.

The Platinum Restaurant Group, based in Fort Wayne, Ind., started the chain in 2001 and has expanded to Cincinnati, Columbus, Louisville and most recently Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Named for the nickname of founder and wine connoisseur Bill Humphries, the steakhouse has carved a reputation fileting fish, cutting steaks and assembling salads tableside.

Dishes include 7- or 10-ounce prime-cut filet mignon, aged 21 days, or a 14-ounce New York strip, a 22-ounce bone-in rib-eye and a 28-ounce Wagyu Tomahawk rib-eye. Potatoes in several variations, Brussels sprouts and mac-and-cheese are among sides.

Eddie Merlot's will be open for dinner 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Lunch service, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, will begin on April 29.

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Great Lakes Brewing helps clean up South Side

Written by Bob Batz Jr. on . Beer

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Earth Day is perfect for sharing the news about a Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week event that is cleaning up a little slice of the Earth.

The company behind it, Cleveland's Great Lakes Brewing Co., is well-known for its environmental friendliness. This year, it's ramped up its commitment with its first "Earth Day Tour," whereby it's giving back to cities that drink its beer.

Here in Pittsburgh, local brewery rep Connie Tucci says Great Lakes has partnered with Friends of the Riverfront and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy for a clean-up and tree-planting along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail in South Side Riverfront Park. 

Volunteers, and they already have as many as they need, will be treated to an after-party at nearby OTB (Over the Bar) Bicycle Cafe, where they'll refresh themselves with Great Lakes beer, food and prizes.

Plus, Great Lakes and its local distributor, Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale, will be giving about $3,000 to Friends.

Says Ms. Tucci, "It's meant to be a 'Thank you, Pittsburgh' and to promote sustainability."

Adds Great Lakes' Matt Roth, "We try to take care of our natural surroundings and reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible at Great Lakes Brewing Co. so teaming up with friends of the Riverfront only seemed natural, seeing as how beer is made from water, and we need good clean water to make great beer!"

We'll be wrilting more about Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week, which runs from Friday, April 25, through Sunday, May 4. You can check out the full schedule of events here.

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Istanbul Sofra opens today in Regent Square

Written by Melissa McCart on . Openings

sofraToday the Turkish restaurant, Istanbul Sofra, has opened in Regent Square. Located at 7600 Forbes Ave., it's in the space that had been Alma, which closed in November.

The restaurant is the first from Amanda and Adnan Pehlivan and chef Edip Sensel. Mr. Pehlivan originally is from Tarsus in south-central Turkey and the chef and Mr. Sensel is from nearby Mersin. The two are childhood friends.

Istanbul Sofra is one of the area's few Turkish restaurants, which include Daphne Cafe in Shadyside and Alihan's, which opened last year, and Istanbul Grille, both Downtown.

It will be open seven days a week, from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Check out the menu here.

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Where to eat and drink right now, updated

Written by Melissa McCart on . The Forks blog

eaterheatmapHere's the updated list of where to eat and drink now that I've written for the Eater National website. The number of new Downtown restaurants is impressive. Click here to read on.

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D.C. chef will move here to run Hotel Monaco restaurant

Written by Melissa McCart on . Openings

marronfinalDennis Marron, executive chef at Poste Modern Brasserie in Washington, D.C., will be relocating to Pittsburgh to run the restaurant at the Hotel Monaco, Downtown. The boutique hotel, part of San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant group, is scheduled to open in late 2014 in the James H. Reed Building at 435 Sixth Ave.

The nine-story hotel in the 1902 Beaux-Arts style building will offer 247 rooms, a fitness center, 9,000 square feet of meeting space and a 120-seat restaurant. 

"We're still working out the concept for the restaurant," he said. "The company has made the announcement early to get me involved in the process."

He will move to Pittsburgh in July. Though he's not from the area, his wife grew up in Latrobe and her family lives close by.

Mr. Marron has been an executive chef for the company in the D.C. and Virginia area for the past seven years. Before he helmed Poste, he was executive chef of The Grille at Morrison House and Jackson 20 Restaurant & Tavern in Alexandria, Va.  

Since he's been the executive chef at Poste, Michelle Obama dined there for dinner in January, having a late birthday celebration in one of the private rooms. 

His menus have focused on seasonality. A Labor Day menu featured chilled pea and mint puree soup and a summer harvest salad with arugula, garden strawberries, cucumber and a rose vinaigrette; pea-and-carrot crepes with Monacacy ash goat cheese from Maryland; and Arctic char with a tomato salad and chilled basil cream. 

Kimpton has discussed a walk-up "sandwich window" for take-out near the hotel entrance to the restaurant at Strawberry Way and William Penn Place, Mark Belko reported last summer in the Post-Gazette.

The walk-up window "is not a done deal," confirmed Kimpton spokesperson, Kristin Huxta, who also said the chain will not open a Pittsburgh outpost of Shake Shack here.

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