Chef Jamilka Borges.

Jamilka Borges is taking a much-needed break. For the last year and a half, the chef has been working to open her Wild Child restaurant in Etna — all while hosting pop-up events, farm dinners and other culinary events throughout the region.

“We’ve navigated a global pandemic, many delays and personal challenges while trying to make this dream come true,” she says. “But with a heavy heart, I want to let you know that I have decided to pause this project indefinitely.”

Borges, a native of Puerto Rico who moved to Pittsburgh 13 years ago to attend culinary school, has worked at some of Pittsburgh’s top restaurants: Legume Bistro, Livermore, Bar Marco, Spoon, The Independent Brewing Company, Hidden Harbor and Lorelei. In 2015, the James Beard Foundation named her a Rising Star Chef Semifinalist.

Now she’s taking time to reconnect to her roots.

“You will still see me around town — I can’t stay away from cooking for you all — but I will be traveling back and forth between Pittsburgh and Puerto Rico for a bit,” Borges says.

She plans to revisit her dream of owning a restaurant in the future.

In the meantime, the owner of the restaurant space at 372 Butler St. is exploring options and hopes to bring an exciting food concept to Etna.

Kristy Locklin

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.