Rendering courtesy of Strada.

Here’s some big news about Smallman Galley: Pittsburgh’s first restaurant incubator is moving to Bakery Square in East Liberty.

Scheduled to open in 2021, the new Galley – Bakery Square will feature 6,179 square feet of space and will include four kitchens, a large bar, indoor and outdoor seating and a 1,067-square-foot, second-floor mezzanine overlooking a courtyard. Galley Group is actively seeking chefs who want to hone their dining concepts before investing in a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

Galley’s inclusion in the Penn Avenue development is part of the plaza’s Bakery Refresh plan. The face-lift will include a conservatory, outdoor cafe seating, lounge seating and a public area.

“Galley Group is excited to announce the next steps for Smallman Galley and its move as we partner with Walnut Capital to launch Galley – Bakery Square,” Galley Group CEO Chad Ellingboe said in a blog post. “Smallman Galley has been the launching pad for some great Pittsburgh concepts but has outgrown its current space. After five years in the Strip District, it is time to breathe some new life into the first Galley, and it was important for us to find a partner that was as excited as we are about the future.”

Galley Group, which also operates Federal Galley on the North Side and North Loop Galley in Minneapolis, provides the kitchen, seating and front-of-house staff so budding restaurateurs can focus on perfecting their menus and building a clientele in a low-cost space.

This isn’t the company’s first Bakery Square venture. Late last year, it opened Chrismukkah Galley, a pop-up bar celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah in a festive, 1,300-square-foot space made to look like a gingerbread house.

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.