Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Coast & Main Now Open in Monroeville

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Coast & Main Now Open in Monroeville

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Coast & Main, which opened Tuesday in the Monroeville Mall, is serving surf, turf, elegance and an arsenal of fresh flavors.

The bilevel seafood and chophouse is owned by Ricky and Michelle Kirsop and sits in the spot (705 Mall Circle Drive) that was previously occupied by Monterey Bay Fish Grotto.

Mr. Kirsop also is the executive chef and presents a Pacific Northwest-inspired menu, having grown up in Portland, Ore. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland, he worked in a couple of the city's restaurants before moving to Seattle to continue on the culinary path. He became an executive chef by the time he turned 24 and later was named the regional chef for the casual chain Cucina! Cucina! In 2002, he came East and joined McCormick & Schmick's in Reston, Va. He was transferred to Philadelphia a year later and moved to Pittsburgh in 2005 to continue working for the upscale steak and seafood chain.

"I am a huge Steelers fan, and that's what prompted me to move here," he says.

He has not looked back since, especially because he also met his wife, Michelle, a Pittsburgh native, while he was the executive chef and she the general manager at McCormick. The couple also are the co-founders of Savor Pittsburgh, where the city's finest chefs have gathered for the past 12 years to share their culinary creations and compete for the best dish of the year. The fundraiser benefits Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation, and the 13th edition will be held on Sept. 27 at the Petersen Events Center in Oakland.

The Kirsops live in Plum and wanted to open a restaurant close to home. "Moreover, there are nine or 10 steakhouses in Downtown Pittsburgh, but there is no fine-dining restaurant in Monroeville," Mr. Kirsop says, on opening the dining spot in the mall.

He initially wanted to open just a steakhouse with a small section devoted to seafood, but when he thought about the fish, crab and mussels he grew up on in the Pacific Northwest, he decided to divide the menu of small plates, entrees and happy hour items into Coast and Main equally. …

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