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The Livermore opens today!
Following a soft opening last Friday that co-owner Bobby Fry described as “madness,” The Livermore, a long-awaited cocktail-café spot from the forces behind Bar Marco
, will officially open its doors to the public today.
On top of a selection of craft cocktails that Fry says will always differ from the ones on the menu at Bar Marco, The Livermore will offer a variety of traditional cocktails, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages at lower price points.
Additionally, Juice UP 412
, which creates special fruit and vegetable juice blends on weekends at Bar Marco, will expand its operation into the new space.
The Livermore will also offer small plates and lunch service, including appetizers, salads, sandwiches and a variety of house-made crostini, with no item priced higher than seven dollars.
The bar, crafted from a repurposed bowling alley the owners hauled to Pittsburgh from Ashtabula, Ohio, provides both customers and workers with ample space, and may be one of the best-designed in the city.
The Livermore will be open Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Also opening today? Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room
The artisan pizza and beer joint held its soft opening party on Monday evening, and the Proper Brick Oven
’s pizza proved worth the wait.
You can never go wrong with a classic Margherita — Proper does theirs with house-made mozzarella, fresh basil and San Marzano tomatoes — but the real surprise was the Black & Gold pizza, topped with crispy Yukon gold potatoes, roasted gold beets, roasted garlic spread, cracked black pepper, olive oil and Pecorino-Romano.
Proper’s selection of 30 American craft beers — 19 of which are from Pennsylvania-based breweries — offer enough variety to please everyone from casual pilsner drinkers to hopheads and Belgian fans (development news was delighted to find North Coast’s Brother Thelonious
on tap, while the boss stuck to her IPAs).
Salt of the Earth revives ramen brunch
Kevin Sousa’s Salt of the Earth
in Garfield will revive its popular ramen brunch on the third Sunday of each month.
“We’d had a decent run with it, and in the vein of everything else we do here, we wanted to keep things fresh,” says Salt chef Chad Townsend. “We wanted to explore some other options.”
Still, Townsend says that public demand for the ramen brunch contributed to its return.
“Now that it’s starting to get to get to the end of the summer and we’re going to be getting into some cold months, it seemed like a good cold-weather dish,” Townsend says.
Salt will offer a pork ramen for $18 and a seitan option for $16.
Writer: Matthew Wein
Sources: Bobby Fry, Chad Townsend