Galley Group, the owners of popular Strip District dining hall and restaurant incubator Smallman Galley, have announced plans to open a second location at Nova Place in the North Side.

The yet-to-be-named venture will occupy a 5,500-square-foot former PNC Bank in the Nova Place courtyard in Allegheny Center. It is scheduled to open in early fall.

“Galley Group’s newest food hall will ensure that the retail mix at Nova Place continues to meet the ever-changing needs of not only our tenants, but residents of the North Side and all of Pittsburgh,” said Faros Properties Managing Partner Jeremy Leventhal.

Rendering of Nova Place food hall courtesy Faros Properties.

Details on the project are scant, but a press release from Faros says that the new venture will be modeled after Smallman Galley but with “some exciting new elements” that will be revealed in the coming months.

“We feel strongly that our particular approach to the Food Hall model embraces innovation and we are eager to expand our platform for restaurant industry entrepreneurs,” says Galley Group co-owner Ben Mantica. “Faros Properties has done an incredible job developing Nova Place and cultivating an exciting office and residential culture that creates synergy with our mission and brand.”

Smallman Galley, located at 2016 Smallman St., opened in December 2015 as a first-for-Pittsburgh restaurant incubator space that provides four different chefs a physical space amidst a communal, European-style food hall in which they can hone their dining concept before setting off to establish their own brick-and-mortar establishment.

“There is a significant group of talented chefs in Pittsburgh who are working towards the ultimate goal of one day being able to open their own restaurants,” said Mantica to NEXTpittsburgh in April 2015. “The food scene is undeniably growing in the city and Smallman Galley is going to support creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in the restaurant industry in the same way that many organizations support tech companies.”

Nova Place, formerly the Allegheny Center Mall, is home to, among others, Alloy 26, Pittsburgh’s largest coworking space.

Brian Conway

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