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Restaurant Holdings, Inc. bringing Ditka's concept to Pittsburgh market

Come fall, Pittsburgh residents and visitors with a passion for football and fine fare will have a new dining destination.

North Side-based Restaurant Holdings, Inc., owners/operators of Pittsburgh’s popular Atria’s, is  bringing famed coach and Carnegie native Ditka’s signature chop house to Robinson.

The first Ditka’s outside of Chicago is now under construction at 1 Robinson Plaza, where Restaurant Holdings is converting one of its local stores. Slated to open in mid-October, the 6,500-square-foot restaurant will serve as anchor tenant in the newly renovated office building owned by McKnight Development.

“It’s Ditka’s first venture outside of Chicago. We felt the best next location would be Pittsburgh,” says Pat McDonnell, with Restaurant Holdings, which is scouting sites in Arizona and Florida markets.  “Pittsburgh was at the top of the short list. So many things added up.”

Designed by Chicago-based Chipman Adams Architects, Ditka’s will feature leather booths, hardwood floors, mahogany wood accents, a mural, and of course, a classic mix of sports memorabilia. A new façade will feature stone accents, exposed neon, and light woods. Executive chef is Brian Simspon.

Known for its signature steaks, seafood, wine list, and “Da Pork Chop”  house special, Ditkas’s will be available for private dining, including business meetings and retirement parties. “It’s very relevant to our market. It’s the biggest concentration of hotels outside of Downtown, and draws from Ohio and West Virginia,” adds McDonnell, who says Downtown Chicago’s Ditkas is one of the country’s top 100 highest-grossing independent restaurants. “Company headquarters are based there, with people coming from all over the country.”

McDonnell expects to hire 80-100 people.

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Writer: Jennifer Baron
Source: Pat McDonnell, CEO, Restaurant Holdings, Inc.

Image courtesy Ditka's and Restaurant Holdings, Inc.
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