Rockaway Pizza 2.0, 1949 Lincoln Way, White Oak
Owner Josh Sickels spent many years in New York City eating pizza. In 2017, he opened Rockaway Pizzeria in White Oak to bring Big Apple-style pies to Pittsburgh. The new-and-improved incarnation, Rockaway Pizzeria 2.0, opens Nov. 14.
Cadence Clubhouse, 9999 Kummer Rd., Allison Park
The café inside North Park’s Pro Bike + Run is set to open Nov. 26. It will feature a full-service bar and 20 taps pouring local beers and ciders. Caffeine addicts can grab a cup of joe supplied by Verona’s Mechanic Coffee or the café’s own brand, Cadence Blend. The business partnered with Fresh From the Farm Juices and the Pittsburgh Juice Company to deliver smoothies and cold-pressed juices. At the market, customers can stock up on coffee products, grab-and-go food and beverages and gourmet olive oils and vinegars. Fresh produce and local meats will be on the shelves soon. The site features a 3,500-square-foot events space, which you can now book for private functions.
In other North Park news, Cali Vibes, Justin Severino’s eatery inside Trailflo Bikes on Babcock Boulevard, is not moving forward due to Covid.
Gordo’s Tacos & Tequila, 131 Shiloh Street, Mt. Washington
After the holiday season (and this horrible year) ends, you’ll be able to celebrate with tacos and tequila at Gordo’s. The restaurant features two floors of dining space and Mexican-style street food and libations.
Wild Child, 372 Butler Street, Etna
Chef Jamilka Borges isn’t opening her long-awaited Caribbean-influenced Etna eatery until 2021, but over the next couple of months you can get a preview in East Liberty. Starting Nov. 12, a Wild Child pop-up will be held at the temporarily closed Fish nor Fowl at 5523 Penn Ave. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with a brunch offering in the works.
Old Thunder Brewing, 340 Freeport Rd., Blawnox
Old Thunder’s transformation from former post office to state-of-the-art brewery is nearly complete. When the doors open, there will be plenty of room for socially distanced beer drinking.
Live! Casino Pittsburgh, 5260 Route 30, Greensburg
When the 100,000-square-foot casino opens this month in Westmoreland Mall, it’s rolling the dice on three different restaurant concepts. Before the year ends, customers can dine at celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen + Bar and Sports & Social Steel City. PBR Pittsburgh, a Professional Bull Riders country bar chain featuring mechanical bulls, comes out of the chute in 2021.
Brick & Barrel, 599 Dorseyville Rd., Fox Chapel
For more than a year, the owners have been transforming this historic landmark (and longtime home of Andora Restaurant) into a rustic gastropub. It’ll open in the next few weeks with a menu featuring brick oven-cooked pizzas and burgers, a variety of salads, appetizers and desserts, and a wide selection of bourbons.
Over the Bar Bicycle Café – Hastings, 1595 Mayview Road, South Fayette
OTB’s third location opens this month in the Charter Homes’ Hastings neighborhood. Like its sister sites in North Park and South Side, the restaurant will boast lots of bike-inspired décor and menu items. Hop on your two-wheeler and work up an appetite.
The Woods House Historic Pub, 4604 Monongahela Street, Hazelwood
Pittsburgh’s oldest residence will soon be its newest pub. The historic site, which has been lovingly restored, will serve classic comfort foods such as burgers, macaroni and cheese, fish and chips, and chicken pot pie along with local brews, cocktails and an assortment of whiskeys and bourbons.
Trace Brewing, 4312 Main Street, Bloomfield
You’ll be able to start and end your day at Trace Brewing. The Main Street building, which should debut the first week of December, will open early to serve Redhawk Coffee products and operate late pouring pints of its small-batch brews. If you’re interested in becoming a brewer, Trace offers a vocational training program to teach you the ropes.
Galley Bakery Square, 6425 Penn Ave., East Liberty
After outgrowing its original digs on Smallman Street in the Strip, Galley Group, Pittsburgh’s first restaurant incubator, is opening a 6,179-square-foot spot in East Liberty’s Bakery Square development. The space will include four kitchens, a large bar, indoor and outdoor seating and a 1,067-square-foot, second-floor mezzanine overlooking a courtyard. Galley Group, which also operates Federal Galley on the North Side and North Loop Galley in Minneapolis, is seeking chefs who want to hone their dining concepts before investing in a brick-and-mortar restaurant.
Two Frays Brewery, 5113 Penn Ave., Garfield
Jen and Mike Onofray are busy converting a 100-year-old building into a 900-square-foot taproom with a seven-barrel brewing system and a 400-square-foot beer garden. They’ll be pouring beers to suit every taste, from hazy IPAs and porters to a crisp Kölsch and fruited sours.
Hilltop Coffee, 2400 Arlington Ave., South Side Slopes
By the end of November, married couple Dan Gladis and Jami Szalla plan to perk up the Arlington Avenue business district Hilltop Coffee. The business will feature hot beverages and takeout treats.
Arsenal Cider House, 2905 West Liberty Ave., Dormont
Arsenal is building another cider stronghold, this time in Dormont, which should be open by the end of the year. The 1,400-square-foot space will serve alcoholic ciders, wines and meads, as well as local beers, spirits and draft cocktails.
Pusadee’s Garden, 5321 Butler Street, Lawrenceville
After a three-year closure, the popular Thai restaurant with breathtaking gardens and authentic dishes is relaunching on Dec. 15.