Over The Bar Bicycle Café is adding a third wheel.
The local restaurant chain, with sites in South Side and North Park, is opening another eatery this fall in South Fayette.
It’s the first confirmed business in Charter Homes’ Hastings neighborhood, which is a mix of 500 homes, green spaces and a planned central shopping area, all within the South Fayette School District.
The 6,000-square-foot OTB at Hastings will boast seating for more than 200 patrons and a patio with views of Boyce Mayview Park. Even when you’re inside the main dining area, floor-to-ceiling windows and two garage doors provide fresh air to the entire restaurant. Owner Michael Kotyk says it has an industrial farmhouse feel.
Like its sister locations, OTB at Hastings will display local artwork. It also will have décor nods to the nearby railroad.
There will be 16 taps pouring mostly local brews and the coolers will be stocked with plenty of canned beers that you can take along on your next outdoor excursion. The menu will have several staple items that are shared across all three locations. OTB at Hasting will also feature new items such as Wheelie Wings, Gnarly Nachos and unique protein bowls.
“OTB is not only a bicycle-themed restaurant, we consider ourselves to be advocates of active living and healthy lifestyles,” Kotyk says. “The surrounding parks and recreational opportunities fit right in with who we are.”
The restaurant is in close proximity to the Upper St. Clair Community & Recreation Center, Fairview and Boyce Mayview parks and Wingfield Pines Conservation Area. There are bike racks located outside and plenty of nearby hiking trails to explore before and after you eat.
Kotyk, of Upper St. Clair, sits on BikePGH’s Board of Directors and helped form a South Hills cycling advocacy organization called South Hills Safe Streets.
He grew up in Sharon, Pa., where he worked at Quaker Steak & Lube for 10 years. After graduating from Chatham University with a master’s degree in landscape architecture, Kotyk put in another decade at Pashek Associates, planning bike infrastructure and conducting trail feasibility studies. His wife, Erin, an avid cyclist, introduced him to Pittsburgh’s cycling scene.
Looking to get back into the restaurant industry, he worked part-time as a bartender on the South Side. In January 2009 he opened the original Over The Bar Bicycle Café at 2518 E. Carson St., creating an atmosphere similar to Quaker Steak & Lube, but with bikes instead of automobiles.
OTB at the North Park Boathouse opened in October 2013.