Photo by Rob Larson.

Gaucho Parrilla Argentina is moving, but not too far from its original Strip District digs.

The popular Penn Avenue restaurant, known for its sandwiches and wood-fired meat, is setting up shop 10 blocks away in the former Six Penn Kitchen site Downtown.

Gaucho made the announcement this morning via its Facebook page.

“The time has come for us to expand beyond these walls and we are thrilled to announce that we have found a new spot to hang our hats and better serve you,” the post read. “Please join us in the coming months in the house that steak built. We look forward to welcoming everyone to our new home in the Spring! Work has begun at the new spot and we will be sharing sneak peeks along the way.”

The new restaurant will house two bars and will serve a selection of beers and South American wines, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times. They also report that there will be a retail component of the new restaurant called Baby Gaucho for to-go orders.

The Downtown location — with a larger kitchen — will provide more space for Gaucho to operate its catering business, expand the menu and offer tableside service. In addition, the new space has two bars.

Gaucho opened seven years ago at 1601 Penn Ave. as an eight-seat sandwich joint and later expanded to the neighboring storefront. The mouthwatering smell of grilled meat always draws hungry patrons, who line up around the building and onto the 16th Street Bridge to get a bite.

The business also runs Asado, a mobile version of the restaurant that operates seasonally.

The Strip District location will remain open until further notice.

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.