Have fun at 4 new cafes in Pittsburgh
The Pittsburghers love a good cup of Joe. Last year, WalletHub, a personal finance website, ranked our city first for the number of cafes and cafes per capita and sixth for best coffee cities overall. While you’re loyal to your favorite cafe, there are more companies brewing in 2021. Here are some newcomers to the city’s caffeine scene.
Gayle Pazerski is a local writer, comedian, and educational artist who discovered the love of coffee during a concert alongside the Strip District location management of La Prima Espresso. When the pandemic forced her to reassess her employment situation, she decided to open her own position… with a little help from her daughter.
Located on the corner of Chestnut Street and Spring Garden Avenue, the Garden Café is based on a dream the couple imagined years ago.
“We envisioned a place full of plants, people and activities, and she suggested naming it The Garden Café because everything grows there,” Pazerski says of her daughter. “I kept the dream in my back pocket and hoped that one day I could make it come true – and here we are!”
In October 2020, Pazerski began selling coffee through a walk-in window. The comfortable space opened for ordering and seating inside on April 22. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The Garden Café offers La Prima Espresso’s Spring Garden Blend, a medium dark roast sold by the pound and used in espresso drinks and drip coffee, and their medium dark Paulie’s Blend blend for a cold nitro brew. Resident baker Janna Natali provides cookies, savory scones and energy balls made from peanut butter, oatmeal, flax meal, chia seeds, chocolate chips and walnuts. coconut. There are also goodies from the 350 ° bakery on the south side.
Head to Tonic Coffee for a dose of caffeine or a round of mocktails. It is open every day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
When owner Stephanie Nicholaas started pouring in in May, she made a dream come true.
“I have long had an affinity for excellent hospitality and beverage making,” says the Florida native. “I wanted to open a café and a non-alcoholic bar somewhere in the world. So I fell in love with Pittsburgh and its incredible growth, and here we are! “
The coffee served at Tonic is a light roast of Cafe Sey in Brooklyn. Nicholaas also has a full cookbook filled with non-alcoholic drinks that she is thrilled to make for the Pittsburghers. Tonic Coffee will offer tasting sessions with an organized selection of four to five non-alcoholic cocktail options: the A Trip to Colombia experience runs from May 20 to June 24. Tickets are $ 25 per person.
Over the years, the historic building has housed a detective’s office, bicycle shop, and jewelry store. This fall, Nicholaas plans to host events and open an art gallery on the second floor – which is temporarily occupied by a non-alcoholic bottle store called The Open Road Bar. In the meantime, there’s a projector in the downstairs bar with rotating artwork from around the world.
Christine Rauktis causes a heckling in Shaler.
The Shaler Township resident and her business partner are transforming the former Around the Corner Bar & Grill into a restaurant, café, gallery and event space to add a bit of culture to Babcock Boulevard. It should open in mid-June.
More than 17,000 cars pass through the large building every day. Rauktis hopes they stop by (the place has ample parking!) For espresso, filter coffee, smoothies, smoothies, kid-friendly meals, and gourmet food for adults. Hurry? You can order via the Joe coffee app.
Rauktis, a graphic designer by trade and bona fide foodie, says Ruckus won’t be a healthy food restaurant, but the menu will feature plenty of healthy options, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options. They will also use compostable packaging, as Rauktis is also an environmental steward.
In addition to serving food and drink, Ruckus will be a place where local artists and manufacturers can showcase and sell their work. There is also a small stage for shows and a private room at the back. This summer, Rauktis could install an outdoor seating area.
The folks at Press House Coffee (formerly Green Dragon Coffee) have looked after themselves during the pandemic.
They have turned their North Side headquarters into a private venue for tastings and events, and they are completing construction of a new location in Sewickley. You can follow their progress via Instagram.
In addition to French pressed coffee, which is sourced from all over the world, the Sewickley store will offer a variety of pressed sandwiches and fresh juices. Customers will be able to sample a variety of coffees and learn the bean-to-cup process from the resident coffee experts.
Owner Adam Randall wants customers to not only enjoy the taste of their drink, but to enjoy it as a full sensory experience.