Other food options in Beechview include Feeney’s Weenie’s (2102 Broadway Ave.), an all-beef hot dog shop next to Casa Rasta. One of the owners, Dom DeMarco, says that locals have been incredibly supportive of the business, even more so since construction began on the T. He says that some people in the community have actually offered them donations to help them stay solvent during construction simply because they want the business—and a resurgent Broadway Ave.—to succeed.
Another dining option on Broadway is The Huddle (1648 Broadway Ave.), an unpretentious local bar and restaurant with an expansive menu, affordable prices and excellent wings. A 16 oz. New York Strip will set you back a dollar an ounce, and the wings come either wet or tanned, the latter meaning the wings are basted in sauce and then baked again for extra flavor.
No mention of Beechview would be complete without mentioning Brew on Broadway (1557 Broadway). Founded in 2010 as a community space as much as a café, this nonprofit coffee shop donates proceeds back into the community. Regulars can keep a mug on site, and most of the coffee drinks top out around $3. There are fresh-made paninis for sale, as well as Belgian Waffles and bagels. More importantly, Brew on Broadway regularly hosts free event nights. Monday is Jazz Night; Tuesday, craft night; and “Unusual Game Night” falls on Sunday. Check out their Facebook page for updated events listings. Brew is a true gem in the community.
If Broadway is where Beechview comes alive, it’s because there’s more than just food. There are churches, barbers, bodegas, salons, laundromats, mechanics, a Senior Center, and everything else a community needs to function, including a slick new Carnegie Library (1910 Broadway).
Soon, there will be even more to draw visitors to Beechview. As reported by NEXT, Atlas Development Co. is in the process of buying property at 1600, 1601, and 1609 Broadway for a development which would include an Italian restaurant, diner, a speakeasy/jazz club, podcasting studio, boutique hotel, and residential units and offices.
Michael Sorg, of Sorgatron Media, owns one of the businesses hoping to relocate to the new development. “We’ve been in Beechview for 10 years making podcasts and videos,” says Sorg. “When we found out about a chance to do it and get the attention of so many up on the T line, and be a part of something bigger in the area, it was a no-brainer. And we’re right across from the taco stand!”
Speaking of location, Beechview is home to some of the city’s most picturesque terrain. No trip to the neighborhood would be complete without a stop to gawk at Canton Ave., the steepest public street in the United States, with a 37% grade. This writer had already witnessed his 2007 Honda Fit struggle mightily in traversing some of Beechview’s less treacherous terrain, so he opted to hike to the top instead. (Maybe if he had an Audi he’d have made it.)
Finally, the northern edge of Beechview, along the border with Mt. Washington, includes the Seldom Seen Greenway. There is no formal signage to enter the greenway, and following directions to it on Waze puts you in an industrial park off Route 51 with no trail access. But if you can find your way there (try the Brashear Trail off of Crane Avenue, by the high school), you’ll find yourself on 90 acres of secluded land that includes Saw Mill Run and may one day be included in the greater Emerald View Park trail system.