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Toss’t to open Downtown on August 13
Toss’t, the fast-casual salad concept spot from Julian Valozzi, will begin training staff tomorrow and plans to open its doors on August 13.
Located at 222 Fifth Avenue in Downtown, Toss’t will offer a variety of signature salads, customizable salads, wraps and Greek yogurt and will be open for lunch and dinner on weekdays.
Valozzi, owner of the Downtown Italian restaurant Valozzi’s
right next door, says, “What I’m most excited about is getting back to working with some of the local, independent farmers as opposed to the larger food purveyors. It’s nice to talk with these guys and get to know and see exactly where our food is coming from.”
Toss’t will focus mainly on takeout business, but will offer minimal indoor seating, as well as some outdoor seating during warmer months.
Pittsburgh Restaurant Week preview party will be tomorrow on the North Side
This year’s summer edition of Pittsburgh Restaurant Week
will tantalize diners with a preview party, scheduled for tomorrow night at the North Side’s National Aviary.
Party-goers will be able to preview food, browse menus and make reservations from some of the 69 restaurants taking part in restaurant week.
Tickets may be purchased online through ShowClix
for $50 prior to the event, or for $60 at the door. The party will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pittsburgh Restaurant week will run from August 12 to 18. A full list of participating restaurants and deals is available on the PRW’s website
Alley Brewing will hold free tasting at Bocktown tonight
When Josh Hays and Eric Bedont used to sit on their friend Chris Leber’s porch and talk about starting a business, they weren’t sure what form it would take.
“We’ve always had a passion to come up with some kind of business,” Leber says.
Once the three friends discovered craft beer, they were hooked. Named after the Brick Alley red light district of McKeesport’s yesteryear, Alley Brewing
has turned into one of Pittsburgh’s most popular under-the-radar, amateur craft beer operations.
“Right now, we’re still in the homebrew phase,” Leber says. “We’re brewing in Cranberry, in my garage. My garage is overrun with brewing equipment.”
Six of Alley Brewing’s offerings will be available tonight when the trio holds a free tasting at the Bocktown Beer and Grill
in Robinson. The selection will include an imperial IPA, a session IPA, a white IPA aged on peaches and apricots, a Belgian-style tripel, a saison and a new, experimental IPA.
“Those are the ones we started with more so than anything, and we’re kind of expanding out from there,” Leber says.
The trio’s ultimate goal is to open up their own Pittsburgh area brewpub, but as with the brewing process, the men behind Alley are taking their time.
“Before we ever brewed our first recipe or did anything with home brewing, we did about eight or nine months of research and learned how to do it,” Leber says.
Since then, they’ve dabbled in 18-20 different kinds of beer, and said they feel that about 10 of their recipes are where they want them.
Still, they’re going to make sure they’re as thorough as possible before looking to open their own pub.
“It’s one of those things where it can start as your passion, but it can rub off on the entire community,” Leber says.
Writer: Matthew Wein
Sources: Chris Leber, Josh Hays, Julian Valozzi