Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Go Underground Food and Electronica Go Hand in Hand at Bloomfield Bridge Tavern

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Go Underground Food and Electronica Go Hand in Hand at Bloomfield Bridge Tavern

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Pierogies and polkas. That's the old world, and there's nothing wrong with it.

But tonight, might we suggest you try the Polish Platter and the pulsing electronica of Addison Groove?

The scene is the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern, also known as BBT, also known as "the only Polish tavern in Little Italy."

Steve Frankowski revels in the Polish heritage of his place on Liberty Avenue, where he worked for 20 years before buying it from his father.

"He gave me a good deal," Mr. Frankowski said. "He didn't give me that good a deal, but he wanted to keep the tradition going."

Just to be clear, BBT is NOT a restaurant. Mr. Frankowski is emphatic on that point.

"I provide a clean, comfortable, safe place for people to eat and drink, but we are not a restaurant," he said. "We're a Polish tavern that serves great food. Pierogies, kielbasa, golabki, haluski and kluski. I think the Polish platter is the best thing on the menu."

And how does that go down with electronica?

"You'd be surprised," Mr. Frankowski said. "They grab a Red Bull and vodka, and they love it."

"They" are the customers, a decidedly young demographic that favors Old World food and new sounds.

"Electronica brings in a crowd, I'd say, 21 to 29," Mr. Frankowski said. "Sometimes 30."

He said it also attracts a substantial number of minors who are turned away at the door and proceed to pout and utter profanities outside on the sidewalk.

BBT isn't open every night, and the entertainment is as varied as the venue. They have different live music on Friday and Saturday nights, and Tuesday is the acoustic open stage night.

Wednesdays, it's electronica.

"It kind of reminds me of when I was a kid and we were into disco," said Mr. Frankowski, who is 50 and admits to kind of liking the sound.

Addison Groove, who started life out with the name Anthony Williams, and Doc Daneeka hail from the United Kingdom, and just kicked off a North American tour in support of their latest records. So far they've been pounding the Northeast U.S. and Canada, but Thursday they head west.

According to their publicist, Mr. Groove already has "achieved legendary status within the dubstep scene. …

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