Warm weather is here and some Covid restrictions are gone — we missed you, bar! — so there’s positive energy in the air. Local restaurateurs are riding that wave of optimism by opening eateries, cafes and breweries throughout Pittsburgh. We’re not out of the pandemic woods yet (keep wearing your mask!), but these new businesses are giving us hope.
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Doughbar Pizzeria & Rotisserie, 1831 E. Carson St., South Side
Can’t decide whether to pair your beer with fried chicken or pizza? You can have both at Doughbar! This laidback eatery — which boasts an eclectic décor that includes an homage to “The Golden Girls” — knows a thing or two about poultry, pies and pints. Enjoy some with your pals and confidants.
Claussen Cafehaus, 4615 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield
The owners of Axel’s Pretzels, a local German pretzel wholesaler, now have a bakery and café in Little Italy. Stop by for a twisted snack, sandwich, pastry, cup of coffee or a cool treat from Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream.
Roots Natural Kitchen, 5231 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield
This Virginia-based natural foods restaurant is laying down roots here in Pittsburgh. You can now grab a grain bowl, salad or other healthy meals at their original site at 3610 Forbes Ave. in Oakland or at the new Bloomfield location.
Four Points Brewing, 917 Western Ave., North Side
Lucky you. Charleroi’s Four Points Brewing has taken over the old Shamrock Inn Restaurant. It’s open for takeout 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Yinz Coffee, 2 E. North Ave., North Side
Hey, yinz guys! Yinz Coffee is now open on the North Side. Come on dahn for The 412, a 16-ounce blended espresso frappé with your choice of sauce or syrup topped off with whipped cream n’at.
Gordo’s Tacos & Tequila, 131 Shiloh St., Mt. Washington
If owner Brian Gorder gets his way, people will be consuming tacos and tequila at Gordo’s Tacos & Tequila by Cinco de Mayo.
Trace Brewing, 4312 Main St., Bloomfield
Parties of up to six can make reservations online to sip beer inside of Trace Brewing or soak up rays in its beer garden. There’s a small menu of pre-made eats you can purchase and the café and espresso bar, which will serve Redhawk Coffee products, debuts later this spring.
Pizzaiolo Primo, 8 Market Square, Downtown
By May 1, diners will once again be able to enjoy Italian eats inside this popular Market Square spot, which shut down in December due to the pandemic. It’ll reopen in mid-April for takeout.
Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream, Kennywood Park and 160 Millers Run Road #300, Bridgeville
Thrill-seekers will be able to enjoy Millie’s sweet treats at Kennywood starting on May 8, when the park’s 123rd season begins. Ice cream fans in South Fayette can expect their Millie’s site to open in late spring.
Necromancer Brewing Co., 2257 Babcock Blvd., Ross Township
Head Brewer Lauren Hughes is unearthing old beer styles inside this 14,000-square-foot former Spirit Halloween store. You’ll be able to raise a pint (and who knows what else) when Necromancer opens at the end of April.
Sly Fox Brewing Co. at The Highline, 333 E. Carson St., South Side
Beer lovers will feel like a fox in the henhouse when this Philly-based brewery opens a site at The Highline this summer. The South Side development will hold a few outdoor, pop-up tastings in anticipation of the debut. You can also stop by the Downtown Sly Fox taproom at 300 Liberty Ave.
Galley Bakery Square, 6425 Penn Ave., East Liberty
In May, Galley Group launches its restaurant incubator at Bakery Square. The 6,179-square-foot space will be the temporary home of four dining concepts: Bubba’s (burgers and steaks), City Fresh Pasta (pasta, soups and sandwiches), Somi (microgreens) and GG’s Café (classic comfort food).
Two Frays Brewery, 5113 Penn Ave., Garfield
You’ll soon be able to enjoy a brew (or two!) at Two Frays, which now occupies a 100-year-old building in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood. Bring the pups to enjoy the beer garden with you.