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Bar Marco, European-style eatery and wine bar, coming to Strip District

Bar Marco, a new European-style eatery and wine bar planned for the Strip District, held an "Under Construction" party last Friday with live music, art exhibits, and complimentary food and drinks.  The event offered a brief taste of what is to come from Bar Marcos, as well as the work to be done.

Owned by four childhood friends—Justin Steel, Michael Kreha, Kevin Cox, and Bobby Fry—the Greensburg-Salem High School graduates hope to create a warm and lively atmosphere influenced by the wine bars of Italy and Spain.

“It should be a real community centered space, with lots of conversation when you come in,” vinyl records playing, and hearty street food, Fry says.

Menu items will include what Fry calls Bar Marco’s specialty, arancini—fried rice balls, often stuffed with mozzarella cheese—sausage and meatballs over polenta, fresh roasted vegetable salads, and paninis.  Fry says the eatery will source from Strip District and Pittsburgh vendors, including Parma Sausage and the Crested Duck Charcuterie. 

The bar will replace the Firehouse Lounge, and Embry, in the former No. 7 Engine Co. building.  Renovations for the new space include the removal of partitions and the tented deck which had been constructed on the building's eastern wall. In place of the deck, Fry says a cast-iron courtyard is planned, to feature grapevines, an herb garden, and outdoor seating.

Fry and Kreha have both recently returned to Pittsburgh from New York City.  The two friends had considered opening a wine store in that city, but encouraged by the rapidly expanding food scene in Pittsburgh, decided to start a business here instead.

Fry says each partner brings a different skill set to the project.  Kreha, who has worked as a designer and architect, is designer and general contractor for the building’s renovations.  Cox and Fry will both have management roles, as well as kitchen and bartending duties.  And Steel will be the restaurants chef.

The group plans to open the first floor of Bar Marco by mid-November.  For more information call Bobby Fry: 724-875-2738.
Writer:  Andrew Moore
Source:  Bobby Fry
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