Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

These Four Local Restaurants Opened over the Holidays

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

These Four Local Restaurants Opened over the Holidays

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Who says restaurants don't debut during the busy holiday season? Check out this roster of just-opened spots.

Preeti's Pitt for a day-to-late-night option in the Strip

Preeti's Pitt is now open in what had been Hot Franks in the Strip at 2701 Penn Ave. The space has been gutted and turned into a restaurant that serves dinner, transitions into a lounge at night and eventually will serve weekday lunch.

The exterior is marked by heat lamps and a full plate-glass window that looks into a long bar. Other areas are rooms-within-rooms with couches and comfortable chairs. Menu items include shrimp with fries ($18), shrimp tacos ($15 for 3), a bacon steakburger with fries ($18), and bigger plates such as lobster, shrimp and fries ($25).

Look for deals like Soul Food Sunday and 60-cent wing nights on Mondays, while later in the week, the space has DJs and bands such as The Bill Henry Band, with reservation-only seating.

While its lounge feel suggests it is an adults-only kind of place, Preeti's Pitt also offers weekend daytime events geared toward kids and families.

The building was purchased last year by Rebecca Properties IV LLC, care of Christopher Lytle, with a New York, N.Y., mailing address.

New coffee roaster open on Smallman

A new coffee roaster has opened at 2002 Smallman St. in the Strip District, in the former home to 21st Street Coffee, edging into the local roasting arena alongside Commonplace Coffee and La Prima Espresso.

Atelier de Fer - French for "of iron" - offers coffee, pastries from La Gourmandine, and provisions such as salumi from Parma Sausage Products, as well as pastas and sauces to take home. The spot will eventually serve cocktails, beer and wine once the liquor license clears.

Founder Matthew Marietti and his wife, Vanessa, have opened a place inspired by family-friendly European coffee shops they frequented while Mr. Marietti was working for Kraft-Heinz in London; the shops serve many purposes, offering specialty coffee drinks and wine as well as snacks. …

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