Get acquainted with the 14 new and 33 soon-to-open restaurants, cafes, breweries and bakeries that are popping up as the weather is (hopefully) getting nicer. Find out which ones are breathing new life into familiar locations and which have vegan options.


Alta Via Pizzeria, Bakery Square, 6425 Penn Ave., East Liberty

Eat to-die-for pies, sandwiches and vegetable-forward meals at big Burrito Restaurant Group’s casual concept in Bakery Square.

Anthos Greek Bakery and Café, 3803 Willow Ave., Castle Shannon

Greek friends and family members opened this authentic bakery in April after running an online culinary marketplace since 2020. Get sweet treats and savory eats, including options for vegans, vegetarians and diners on a gluten-free diet.

Bitter End, 409 Butler St., Etna

Located just a few blocks from Rear End Gastropub, this Butler Street storefront has been operating as a neighborhood watering hole since Prohibition ended in 1933. Bitter End injects new life into the old Nooch’s Bar with signature cocktails.

Bottlerocket Social Hall, 1226 Arlington Ave., Allentown

Want to start (or end) your night with a bang? Belly up to the bar at Bottlerocket. What was once a gathering place for churchgoers is now a comedy club and low-key hangout with a retro vibe. After a brief debut with comedy acts earlier this month, the space will officially re-open on June 10. No joke.

Caliente Pizza & Draft House, 288 W. Steuben St., Crafton 

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Caliente opened a seventh location in a space vacated by The Sharp Edge.

Coven Brewing, 4901 Butler St., 918 Merchant St. Lawrenceville

Magical potions — OK, they’re just great beers — abound at this new brewery in the old Roundabout space.


Raise a pint to ’70s-inspired décor at Fermata Brewing Company in Ambridge. Photo by Kristy Locklin.

Fermata Brewing Co., 918 Merchant St, Ambridge

If the sound of beer being poured is music to your ears, head to Fermata in Ambridge. Spin vinyl records, listen to live bands and soak up the good ’70s-era vibes.

Inner Groove Brewing opened a taproom in Allentown. Photo by Kristy Locklin.

Inner Groove Brewing, 827 E. Warrington Ave., Allentown 

The music-loving owners of Verona-based Inner Groove are now offering brews and tunes on the Hilltop.

Koala Coffee & Tea House, 820 W. Ingomar Road, McCandless

Order a Flat White at this Australian café and you’ll bounce through the rest of your day like a caffeinated kangaroo.

Pittsburgh Taco Boys, 319 Maryland Ave., Oakmont 

These boys know a thing or two about tacos. Swing by for a man-sized helping of Mexican food.

The Open Road, 600 E. Warrington Ave., Allentown

If you’re curious about non-alcoholic beer, wine and spirits, take a ride to The Open Road. Owner Mel Babitz has curated more than 100 different products that contain little to no booze, but with flavor that packs a punch.

Ulric Joseph, artist and co-owner of ShadoBeni, painted the restaurant’s mural. Photo by Kristy Locklin.

ShadoBeni, 1534 Brighton Road, North Side 

At his bright, colorful spot, chef Ulric Joseph serves the food he grew up eating in Trinidad. The vegan restaurant features a number of traditional dishes that you can order online to avoid the lunchtime rush.

Valkyrie Doughnuts

Valkyrie Doughnuts. Photo by Jennifer Baron.

Valkyrie Doughnuts, 601 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue

If you try one of Valkyrie’s square vegan doughnuts, you’re sure to circle back again to try even more goodies that are all free of egg and dairy.

The Vandal, 4306 Butler St., Lawrenceville

After closing for several months to remodel, The Vandal is back in business, complete with a new wine bar.