Kelly O's Diner
has opened in the Strip District, serving breakfast seven days a week. It is the second location for the diner which has been serving the North Hills for the past eleven years.
Owner Kelly O'Connor says she had been looking to open a second location in the city, and most recently in the Strip District, for many years. But then recently everything fell into place. “It almost felt like fate," she says.
Located at 100 24th Street, Kelly O’s replaces the former Jo Jo's Restaurant in a building that had once been an automotive garage. The diner is adjacent to the Otto Milk Condos and across from Marty’s Market.
Due to an earlier fire, O'Connor says the interior was partially demolished when she took over the space. She needed to rebuild the kitchen and bathroom, as well as install new electric, plumbing, and HVAC.
Kelly O's flooring is finished with the diner's signature black and white tiles, and its walls are wrapped in sparkling diamond plate. On the building's exterior, O'Connor covered the entrance side in a stainless steel facade, providing a modern twist on the diner look, she says. The remaining exterior walls will be covered in murals.
O'Connor has been working with the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Women in Business for the past three years. The school provides expertise to entrepreneurs in the city, assisting with drafting business plans and providing a business attorney, among other services.
O'Connor says was attracted to the Strip District for its diversity, and because of its concentration of independently-owned businesses.
"The fact that you’re surrounded by a bunch of small business that make this one really big business community, I think that's awesome," she says.
In keeping with the Strip's tradition, Kelly O's opens early for breakfast, at 5 a.m., Monday through Saturday, and at 7 a.m. on Sunday, and closes at 3 p.m. 412-232-EGGS.
Writer: Andrew Moore
Source: Kelly O’Connor