Photo by Kristy Locklin.

Justin Severino is a trailblazer in the local restaurant industry and soon he’ll be making food for the trail riding, mountain biking masses.

This summer, the chef plans to open a quick-service cafe just outside of North Park where guests can dine on California-inspired fare.

“Before I returned to Pittsburgh to open Cure, I spent several years cooking, making salumi and biking in northern California,” Severino said in a press release. “The café is my love letter to the food and culture I encountered there. I’m going for a casual, brunchy, everyday kind of vibe. That means lots of fresh ingredients and lots of tortillas.”

The menu is separated into two sections — pre-ride and post-ride. The former features light, healthy dishes such as salads and smoothies, while the latter is filled with heartier options like ribs, chicken wings and burritos.

Boasting indoor and outdoor seating for 50, the counter-service café also will double as a tap room for East End Brewing Company (a partner on Severino’s forthcoming Larder of Larimer). Local brews will be poured alongside all-day margaritas and bloody marys.

The Babcock Boulevard eatery is adjacent to, and internally connected to, Trailflo Bikes, a specialty shop for the sale and maintenance of mountain bikes. Trailflo owners Matt Fromm and Brian Lorence are partners in the restaurant project.

As Severino works on this passion project, he’s busy building out a full-production facility for his charcuterie company, Salty Pork Bits.

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.