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The show will go on at Row House Cinema

When the pandemic hit, forcing businesses to shut down, Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville put an uplifting message on its marquee. “We will get through this Pittsburgh” helped people power through. Now, the marquee is offering hope once again.

The single-screen movie theater will reopen on Sept. 3 with a tribute to 1950s-era classics. An already sold-out Red Carpet Reopening Gala will take place on Sept. 25.

In October, Row House will debut its pop-up drive-in theater in the Strip District, featuring flicks such as “Hocus Pocus,” “Beetlejuice,” “Shaun of the Dead” and “The Birds.” There will be popcorn, candy, soda and local beer for sale at concession stands.

In the meantime, you can still purchase virtual cinema experiences and patronize Bierport, the bottle shop that is connected to Row House Cinema.

Could Jackie Paige be the Queen of Seafood?

Chef Jackie Paige, owner of Love Rocks Café in McKees Rocks, will face off against 12 other chefs from around the country in the 2021 Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans on Aug. 7.

Contestants will showcase their talents in front of a live audience at Nola’s Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and serve a dish to a panel of judges who will score the cuisine based on presentation, creativity, composition, craftsmanship and flavor.

To be eligible to compete, chefs must either hold the current title of King or Queen of Seafood or be appointed by the lieutenant governor of their respective state or territory. The reigning King of American Seafood, Louisiana chef Nathan Richard of Cuvée Wine Bar & Bistro, won the title with his dish of Cracklin-crusted Red Snapper with pickled crawfish tails, buttermilk chili consommé, spring vegetables, burnt leek oil, fermented cream and bowfin caviar.

Since the event’s inception in 2005, no Pennsylvanian has won the title.

Adda Coffee & Tea opens pop-up shop Downtown

Adda Coffee & Tea now has a pop-up shop at 225 Fifth Ave. (it’s tucked within a private corridor in Three PNC Plaza). It will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday through the end of the year and may permanently return in 2022.

The pop-up precedes the debut of Adda’s fourth Pittsburgh location, which will open in the Cultural District this fall. Featuring indoor and outdoor seating, the full menu of hot and cold beverages and  curated retail items, the pop-up space will also host events centered around food, culture and specialty goods.

The arrival of Adda Downtown signals a trend of employees returning to the central business district.

“As life returns to a new normal post-Covid-19, Adda is committed to help rebuild the Pittsburgh community. We are honored to have this new opportunity to join Downtown business owners and organizations like the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership that are working together to bring energy back to downtown,” owner Sukanta Nag says.

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.