Pittsburgh food in February 2021: What’s opening and what’s closing

A new month has begun, and you know what that means. We’re back with our normal monthly food-and-drink updates … even though we haven’t seen “normal” in the local service industry for almost a year.

This time, we say hello to a CommuniTEA-minded cafe, a soul food spot, “Pittsburgh’s first matcha tea bar,” and a new Scottish pub in a very old location.

We say welcome back to Pusadee’s Garden. 

And we say goodbye to Chaya Japanese Cuisine, Il Pizzaiolo, and one of Pittsburgh’s oldest bars — scroll all the way to the bottom for more on those.

In case you missed last month’s edition, catch up here. If we missed something, let us know so we can add it.


☕️ CARES CommuniTEA Cafe is now open in the Hill District with good drinks on tap and community-building in mind, the Post-Gazette reports. 

🍤 Fat Frankz Soul Food is serving up surf and turf staples of the genre in Bloomfield.

🍩 The former Schorr Family Bakery has reopened reopening as Father & Son Family Bakery in Observatory Hill with glazed donuts and so much more.

🍳 Fulton Commons’ kitchen incubator is now open in Manchester, NEXTpittsburgh reports, boasting 32 dedicated prep spaces, coworking facilities and more.

☕️ Hilltop Coffee is now serving fine coffees, espresso drinks, teas, baked goods, and more at its new spot in the South Side Slopes. 

🍵 Mosaic Leaf, Pittsburgh’s first matcha tea bar, is open in Lawrenceville with premium Japanese matcha straight from the farm.

Matcha-maker, matcha-maker, make me a matcha. (📸: Courtesy of Mosaic Leaf)

🍻 Old Thunder Brewing is open for online ordering and pickup in the old Blawnox Post Office building. 

🚲 Over The Bar Bicycle Cafe has opened a third location in Bridgeville with a local beers on tap and canned beers to-go, Good Food Pittsburgh reports. 

🍸 Phat’s Bar is now open in Oakland, in the former Panther House Bar & Grill location. It’s a new venture from the owners of Lawrenceville Vietnamese spot Ineffable Cá Phê, PennsylvAsia reports.

🍕 Pizza Lupo is now open in Lawrenceville, with two firefighters working the ovens.

🍰 Prohibition Pastries is open for curbside pickup at its new location in East Liberty, with alcohol-infused pastries, cupcakes, cakes, sweet pies, and savory pies.

🍲 Pusadee’s Garden, the beloved Lawrenceville Thai spot, is back (at long last) after a lengthy renovation.

🍺 The Woods House, a Scottish pub, is officially open inside one of Pittsburgh’s oldest houses, with a delicious-looking menu. From our archives, here’s more about its history.

🍺 Trace Brewing is open for takeout in Bloomfield. Bonus: It’s in the former location of a concert venue named The Shop with roots dating back to 1910, City Paper reported last year.

See you soon

💛 Yinz Coffee will soon to take over the old Crazy Mocha storefront on the North Side — and…

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