Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Business Owners Cope with Road Loss Mcardle Roadway Closing Forces Diners to Find Different Ways to Mount Washington

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Business Owners Cope with Road Loss Mcardle Roadway Closing Forces Diners to Find Different Ways to Mount Washington

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Following the announcement last week that McArdle Roadway likely will remain closed well into February, Mount Washington business owners are helping customers navigate the detours and hope they'll keep making the trek.

Some businesses there reported fewer patrons since about 100 tons of rock slid down the hillside above McArdle between the Liberty Bridge and Grandview Avenue Jan. 9, closing the main artery to Mount Washington and forcing drivers to find alternate, sometimes confusing, routes.

When Isabela on Grandview reopened last week after staff returned from holiday vacation, Justin Armstrong said he started calling reservation holders to share the news.

"The closure has absolutely affected us," the restaurant's general manager said.

Many people book reservations online, Mr. Armstrong said, so an announcement of the closure is displayed prominently on Isabela's website with links to detailed directions starting from various points in the region. Those who reach the restaurant's voice mail are alerted of the closure and directed to the website.

Mount Washington Community Development Corporation posted on its Facebook page that drivers can take at least eight roads other than McArdle in and out of the neighborhood.

To reach Grandview Avenue, they recommend drivers follow Saw Mill Run Boulevard, turn onto Woodruff Street, then continue on Merrimac Street, which meets Grandview. They also suggest taking Shaler or Greenleaf streets for direct access.

As Valentine's Day approaches, an important holiday for these businesses that promote a picturesque view of the city, Diane Plank, general manager of Tin Angel, said she wants to see a Grandview Avenue detour sign erected near the Liberty Bridge.

Ms. Plank said business at the Grandview Avenue restaurant has slowed.

"I can tell just by the parking lot outside," she said.

What's more, people are coming in frustrated, she added. Managers agreed keeping the dining experience stress-free is of chief importance. …

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