Photo courtesy of Square Cafe.

Square Café is moving to East Liberty in September. Owner Sherree Goldstein hopes Regent Square residents will make the six-mile round trip to her new digs.

“We want people to have the same Square Cafe feeling and experience and open it up to people who never made it to our Regent Square location,” she says. “We love our Regent Square neighbors and will miss them so much. Hopefully, they will visit us in our new home. They are family to us and will always have a home at Square Cafe.”

Photo courtesy of Square Cafe.

Square Café will reopen in the former BRGR/Spoon space on Centre Avenue. Both restaurants announced their closing plans in early July. My Goodness, the restaurant’s sister grocery and prepared foods shop, will remain in Regent Square.

The breakfast and lunch spot has been a neighborhood hangout for more than 17 years, but the building’s size constraints and the borough’s restrictive outdoor seating ordinances made it hard for Goldstein to meet customer demand. The COVID-19 crisis made things worse.

The Braddock Avenue eatery has been running as a carry-out and delivery model since the shutdowns in March.

Creating a sense of community is a big part of Goldstein’s business, which made operating without dine-in customers difficult.

She says she will continue supporting local charities and artists. In 2018, the City of Pittsburgh recognized her as one of the most charitable business owners in the region.

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.