Getting ready for the opening of TAKO. Photo by Tracy Certo

TÄKŌ, the newest restaurant from the team behind Meat & Potatoes and Butcher and the Rye, opens today. The menu, created by chef and owner Richard DeShantz, includes lots of Asian- and Mexican-influenced street food featuring made-to-order tortillas, house made chorizo and build your own guacamole. The food includes local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients.

Twenty-two original cocktails will be available at the bar, as well as a large selection of rum, tequila and sake.

Tako Logo

TÄKŌ (which is Japanese for octopus) is located Downtown at 214 Sixth Street, right next to Butcher and the Rye. Initially, the restaurant will be open only for dinner from Tuesday to Thursday 5 to 11 and Friday and Saturday 4 to midnight. They plan on adding lunch service in the near future.

DeShantz and his business partner, Tolga Sevdik announced the opening today. The restaurant was designed by DeShantz and will provide ‘chef-driven street food to Downtown Pittsburgh in a unique, edgy and playful atmosphere,” they said.

“The interior design of TÄKŌ incorporates the elements of the street and includes industrial details such as: a large open kitchen in the front of the restaurant, a garage door counter with five street-side bar stools, custom chandeliers made entirely out of bike chains and street art murals.”

We can’t wait to try it.

Drew Cranisky

Drew Cranisky is a writer, bartender and recent graduate of Chatham University's Food Studies program. He enjoys cats, pinball and fancy burgers.