Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Two Restaurants in Bellevue, on North Side Poised to Open

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Two Restaurants in Bellevue, on North Side Poised to Open

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Set in a Neoclassical-style house that was once a funeral parlor, Revival on Lincoln will open late this summer at 366 Lincoln Ave. as an American restaurant and bar. It's a project from two Bellevue residents with a passion for historic preservation and fine dining.

Chris Driscoll, an architecture buff and director of technology at Katz Graduate School of Business at University of Pittsburgh, and John King, a longtime chef of Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley, now retired, have teamed up to bring the building back to life as part of a renaissance for Bellevue.

Mr. Driscoll bought the building in late 2017 with a plan to restore it. But it took a conversation with Mr. King through the neighborhood's community group, Bona Fide Bellevue, to team up as partners for the project.

The house built in 1902 has been pre-approved for the National Register of Historic Places. From the 1940s through the 2000s it had operated as Dale A. Gilliland and later McDonald-Linn funeral homes. Mr. Driscoll says the building is in very good shape. It has five rooms they'll use for seating, including a main dining room anchored with a fireplace, two small rooms and one with a bar. An upstairs room can be used for private events. The property also will feature an outdoor patio, with a side cafe that could be a tea house or a service area for the patio.

The team is in the process of hiring a chef for a seasonal, American menu in the restaurant that seats about 100 people, as well as outfitting the kitchen with equipment and ventilation. It will serve alcohol.

The restaurant will join Lincoln Avenue Brewery (538 Lincoln Ave.) that's also on track to open this summer, along with Cyclops Cafe - which bills itself as a coffee shop, art space, live music venue and co-working space - that opened at 567 Lincoln Ave. in November. Bellevue lifted the ban on alcohol 82 years after Prohibition in 2015.

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