Eat + Drink is Pop City’s weekly exploration of new offerings in local gastronomy.
A new brewery in Lawrenceville
, Pittsburgh’s newest creator of small-batch craft beers, will open its doors for the first time on Friday.
The brainchild of Steve and Dyana Sloan, Roundabout occupies the space at 4901 Butler Street in Lawrenceville, formerly a welding studio and tire store.
Steve, who holds a master’s degree in chemistry and has worked at more than a dozen breweries in the United States and Germany, was most recently the brewery manager at the Church Brew Works in Bloomfield.
His initial offerings will include Black Possum (a dark steam beer), Hy-PA (an IPA-pale hybrid session ale), Ferdl Weiss (a traditional German-style wheat beer), Ginga Wheat (an American-style wheat beer flavored with ginger, lemon and local honey) and The Commoner (a mild ale made from New Zealand hops, German malt and American yeast).
Sloan said that at first, Roundabout will only offer growlers of its craft beers, but that he soon hopes to expand the space to include a tasting area with seating.
Though the Sloans have been working entirely by themselves the last five months to finish the space, Steve said that he’s had a lot of help from other local craft breweries, such as the East End Brewery and the Arsenal Cider House, which have loaned him equipment.
“I couldn’t have done it without them,” Sloan says.
Roundabout will hold its soft opening Friday and Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Social brings gourmet pizza and beer to Bakery Square
Bakery Square will get its first sit-down restaurant and bar when Social
, a new venture from Walnut Capital, opens Monday.
Social will offer a wide array of salads, appetizers and sandwiches, and will specialize in a variety of gourmet pizzas.
“We’re taking bar food to the next level,” says Edana Muldoon, Social’s general manager. “We’re trying to make it as much of a scratch kitchen as possible.”
Social’s bar will feature 32 taps and a selection of 28 more beers, and Muldoon says she hopes the restaurant can be a both a lunch and happy hour destination for employees and patrons in Bakery Square.
“There are about 1,000 employees here,” Muldoon says. “We went to offer them another alternative, and we want to offer them some alcohol."
In addition to its indoor space, Social will have an outdoor seating capacity of about 50 people.
Paris 66 to hold Bastille Day celebrations
East Liberty French bistro Paris 66
will celebrate Bastille Day with 12 full hours of food and festivities on Sunday.
In addition to its normal Sunday brunch service from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a prix fixe dinner menu from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., the bistro will host an outdoor, all-you-can-eat buffet featuring mussels, frites and crepes from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.
From 4 p.m. until 9 p.m., the outdoor area will be converted into a 1920s-style Parisian soiree, complete with music and dancing.
In addition to commemorating the 224th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, the celebration will be the debut event for new Paris 66 chef Franck Lacaille.
While the outdoor activities will be open seating, reservations are recommended for both brunch and dinner.
Writer: Matthew Wein
Sources: Steve Sloan, Edana Muldoon