Szmidt's will reopen Greenfield shop within weeks

Written by Melissa McCart on . Openings

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Szmidt's Old World Deli
will reopen the Greenfield location at 509 Greenfield Ave. on July 7, confirmed owner Darren Smith. Mr. Smith closed the restaurant in November to focus on the bigger Downtown location, which opened in May.

Most of the production will remain Downtown, where cooks will make pickles and pastrami, corned beef and condiments featured on the menu in both locations.

Mr. Smith opened Szmidt's in Greenfield in 2011, naming the place after his Polish grandparents. He craved an old-fashioned, from-scratch deli with meats cured in-house and took it upon himself to open one here. 

The deli will share the space with A519 Chocolate, a new business that offers artisan truffles and macarons. The chocolate business was founded by former Szmidt's employee Amanda Wright, who attended the Culinary Institute of America at the Greystone campus in St. Helena, Ca. She has partnered with Andy Rape, with a Ph.D from Carnegie Mellon in biomedical engineering. The partners are selling their goods at several area farmers markets listed here

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Pan opens Friday in Lawrenceville

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The Asian fusion restaurant called Pan will officially open in the former Tamari space at 3519 Butler Street on Friday, confirms Nickie Kredel, operations manager for the Andora restaurant group behind Andora in Fox Chapel, Adams Township (Cranberry) and Sewickley as well as Toscana Brick Oven in Canonsburg. 

The group was toying with the name LuLu's Kitchen and opted to name it Pan. Josh Ross will be the executive chef, executing a menu of sushi, rice and noodle dishes.

The restaurant that had been Tamari for six years until last month, has been redesigned and will seat 90, including the front and upstairs patios. The second floor bar has been dismantled to accommodate more tables.

Pan will be open for lunch and dinner Wednesdays through the weekend and for dinner only Mondays and Tuesdays. 

On Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., Pan will host a fundraiser for Pressley Ridge, a $100 a ticket event to benefit the group's Backpack Giveback program. Click here for more information.


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Here's what's on täkō's menu

Written by Bob Batz Jr. on . Openings

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I was interested to learn (from my friend Melissa McCart's Twitter feed) of tonight's opening of
täkō, the new taqueria from Richard DeShantz and Tolga Sevdik next door to Butcher and the Rye on Sixth Street, Downtown. But I couldn't find a menu on the website.

So, it being such a lovely day, I wandered over there and found paper menus -- "The tako Chronicle, Summer 2015 Edition" -- in an old newspaper box out front. They were going fast (the guy in the photo is grabbing one). 

Page 1 has Chips & Salsas (your choice of three) for $7 and intriguing vegetable choices: English Peas with cotija custard, lemon curd, mint oil, hazenl nuts, lemon gel and white chocolate ($7); Beet Tostada with corn tortilla, "beets pretending to be beef," avocado, fromage blanc and lemon vinaigrette ($7); Street Corn with mayo, chili, lime and cojita cheese ($6); and Carrots done sous vide, charred and fermented with carrrot vinaigrette, yogurt, pepita brittle and queso fresco. 

The inside spread has a lot of good reading/eating, starting with raw selections ranging from Ceviche to Beef Tartare ($12 to $14). There are Kale and Chopped salads ($8) and a half dozen fusiony small dishes including Asian Bolognese (udon noodles, spicy pork sauce, fried onion, sesame, scallion and bonito for $12) and Stuffed Dates (with chorizo, queso fresco, bacon, scallion and chipotle tomato sauce for $10). 

The main story is tacos in 10 varieties, two for $10 to $12. The house-named one is grilled octopus, harissa aioli, preserved lemons, mizuna and pickled red onion (tako is Japanese for octopus). The duck confit one is dressed with cucumber, charred scallions, pickled peppers, cilanto, mint and hoisin. The mushroom includes maitake and truffle with huitlacoche salsa, garlic aioli, Oaxaca cheese and burnt brussels. There's also chorizo, Korean, carnitas, pollo assado, bistec, Baja and al pastor. 

You can also choose from a foursome of sandwiches -- Banh Mi, Cuban, Ahogada (roasted pork and black beans) and the TJ Dog -- for $7 to $12. And three desserts -- Champurrado (dulce de leche and chocolate mousse with a chocolate butter crust), Pinapple Inside Up Cake and Tres Leches (white coconut crus, coconut lime cake and condensed milk sauce) for $7.93.

The back page is filled with drinks: 11 diffwebsite.erent margaritas plus six frozen ones ($10 each), 11 other cocktails, including Neville Island Tea ($10), 19 different world brews including Presidente Lager from Dominican Republic and Lucky Buddha Pale Lager from Australia ($4 to $6.50) and a nice bunch of non-alcoholic drinks including the agua fresca of the day ($4). The wine list starts with sangria and ends with sake, with several choices of reds, whites and sparklings by the glass (mostly $8 to $9) and bottle ($30 to $44).

More than I was before, I can't wait to sit at the sidewalk bar or inside and try some of this non-street street food.

The place (sometimes written TÄKŌ) opens at 4 p.m. today, and according to Melissa, they'll eventually add lunch. Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Tues.-Thurs. and 4 p.m. to midnight Fri.-Sat. For more, call 412-471-tako. 

AFTERNOON UPDATE: Here's today's news release:

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, April 28, 2015
Chef Richard DeShantz and his business partner, Tolga Sevdik, are very proud to announce the opening of their newest restaurant project, TÄKŌ. The opening day is today, April 28, 2015 and the restaurant is located at 214 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh, PA. Designed entirely by chef and owner Richard Deshantz, TÄKŌ provides chef-driven street food to Downtown Pittsburgh in a unique, edgy and playful atmosphere.

TÄKŌ, Japanese for octopus, showcases chef-driven street food with DeShantz’s creative take on Asian and Mexican inspired dishes. The interior design of TÄKŌ incorporates the elements of the street and includes industrial details such as: a large open kitchen in the front of the restaurant, a garage door counter with five street-side bar stools, custom chandeliers made entirely out of bike chains and street art murals.

DeShantz’s chef-driven street food features local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients. The menu features a variety of playful dishes to be shared, including a build your own guacamole. Additionally, all of our tortillas are made fresh to order and our chorizo is made in house.

TÄKŌ features twenty-two cocktails that spotlight our interpretations of classic Mexican inspired libations. Our bar program has a large focus on tequila, rum and sake, while our beer menu includes Asian and Mexican varieties. TÄKŌ also offers seasonal sangria and a limited selection white wine and red wine available by the bottle or by the glass.

TÄKŌ is located at 214 Sixth Street in the Cultural District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The initial restaurant hours are Tuesday-Thursday 5pm to 11pm and Friday-Saturday 4pm to 12am. The bar will be open late.

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Asian-inspired restaurant will open in Lawrenceville's Tamari space

Written by Melissa McCart on . Openings

tamariLast week, owner of Tamari, Allen Chen, announced that, after six years, the restaurant's last day in Lawrenceville will be May 2.

Here's an update of what to expect around mid-June in the space: an Asian-inspired restaurant from the group that runs Andora, confirms Nickie Kredel, operations manager.

Andora, with locations in Fox Chapel, Adams Township (Cranberry) and Sewickley, is affiliated with Toscana Brick Oven in Canonsburg. 

We'll keep you updated as the name and concept progresses.

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Market St. Grocery opens today

Written by Gretchen McKay on . Openings

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For all you folks who have to pick up something on your way home from work for dinner, here’s a reminder: Market St. Grocery opens today.

Be it a box of pasta, sauce, a block of imported parmesan to grate on top of it or a bottle of Italian vino to wash the meal down — or maybe all of the above — you can get it at this one-stop shop.

marketcheeseTwo years in the making, the European-style market at 435 Market St. is Downtown’s first grocery in five years. It’s located in the space of the former Ciao Baby restaurant, nestled between Nettleton (shoe) Shop and Camera Repair Service.marketshelves

The small market won’t offer as many items as a soup-to-nuts suburban grocery store, but it still features an impressive array of food and drink. Along with fresh meats and fresh and frozen seafood, customers will find a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, deli meats, prepared foods and cheese — more than 50 varieties, both domestic and imported.

The store also sells wine by the bottle or the case, or if you can’t wait until you get home to sample it, by the glass at a table at the back.

Looking for a mid-morning or afternoon pick-me-up? The 2,400-square-foot grocery, which offered an advance peek to invited guests last Wednesday, boasts a coffee and liquor bar. And Squirrel Hill French bakery Gaby et Jules is leasing space at the front of the store in which to sell its fresh-baked macarons, French breads and pastries.

marketfishExpect slightly higher prices that what you’d find in a suburban grocery store, but remember — you’re paying for the convenience of not having to stand in a long line with dozens of grumpy people after a long day on the job.

Market St. Grocery is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun. The wine bar is open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to midnight Sat. and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun.

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Smoq Pitt now open in Brookline

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The barbecue restaurant Smoq Pitt opened on Saturday iat 600 Brookline Blvd. in Brookline in what had been Bama's Southern Kitchen

Chicagoan Mitch Liebovich is the proprietor. He's living at his in-laws in New Sewickley Township before his wife, Linda, wraps up her job in Chicago and they find a house. This is the former marketing and advertising guy's first restaurant, but he says he has been into barbecue for awhile, making it for family and friends.

"Barbecue is my passion. I've been doing it for a long time," he says. 

At Smoq Pitt, he says he starts with a dry rub that's "closest to a Texas style." It "comes out naked," and if you're into sauces, he has three choices. "The tangy sauce is inspired by the Carolinas; sweet is like KC Masterpiece meets Sweet Baby Ray's; and the spicy sauce comes from the Texas-style."

The 15-seat restaurant offers takeout and online ordering. The hours, for now, are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday;  noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays. 

Menu from Smoq Pitt website



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