Rendering courtesy of Strada.

Things are heating up at Galley – Bakery Square.

Galley Group, a Pittsburgh-based restaurant incubator, has announced the first group of restaurants that will occupy its new 6,179-square-foot space on Penn Avenue in East Liberty starting this May: Bubba’s, City Fresh Pasta, Somi and GG’s Café.

Longtime local radio personality and restaurateur Bubba Snider is teaming with chef Christina St. Clair on Bubba’s, an eatery specializing in burgers and steaks.

After making the rounds in the City Fresh Pasta food truck for years and a stint in Stowe Township’s Parkway Theater, chef Eric Earnest will bring his artisan pasta, homemade sauces, soups and sandwiches to the new dining spot.

Somi is a concept driven by microgreens, nutrient-rich seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs. Chef Hoa Le, who also runs the Hawaiin-inspired Shaka at Galley Group’s North Side food hall, Federal Galley, will use those ingredients to make Asian comfort food.

At GG’s Café, Meredith and Christine Galloway’s spot, customers can indulge in classic comfort dishes such as roasted chicken and ribs.

Rendering courtesy of Strada.

Pittsburgh-based Galley Group, which also operates the North Loop Galley in Minneapolis, provides each eatery with its own kitchen space, communal indoor and outdoor seating and front-of-house staff. Budding restaurateurs spend 12-18 months at the site, perfecting their menus and building a clientele in a low-cost space to prepare for running their own brick-and-mortar eateries.

In 2015, Galley launched Smallman Galley in the Strip District, which introduced restaurants such as Iron Born Pizza, which now has locations in the Strip and Millvale. Federal Galley opened in 2017 and currently houses Shaka, Guapo, Provision PGH and Sultry F&B. The Smallman Street location closed last year.

Galley Group’s inclusion in the Bakery Square development is part of the plaza’s Bakery Refresh plan. The facelift will include a conservatory, outdoor cafe seating, lounge space and a public area.

Kristy Locklin

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.