In the most recent years, Pittsburgh’s restaurant scene has become much more than just fries on sandwiches and salads. Locals and others from out of town have made the move to downtown Pittsburgh to open up original restaurants.
The question is, “Why Pittsburgh?” The answer is quite simple, really.
On the average work day, there are about 180,000 workers in the city of Pittsburgh alone. If the Penguins are playing, that’s 20,000 more people. If there happens to be a Pirate game, that’s another 40,000. If there is a Steeler game, that’s another 70,000. At any time during the year, people will be out and looking for a place to dine.
James Hill, assistant to the mayor, said, “The industry has really blown up. The city of Pittsburgh is the heart of this region for all events, so these people need a place to eat.”
The city of Pittsburgh has almost everything you may need. It has five stadiums and arenas, 31 areas of art and culture, almost 30 areas of recreation, over 166 areas for shopping, which, without question, leads to well over 300 places to dine.
A local restaurant, known as Morcilla, is yet another example of a successful Pittsburgh business.
When Jennifer Resick Williams, public relations director for Morcilla, was asked, “What influenced your decision to open up a new restaurant in Pittsburgh,” she said quickly, “Its momentum.”
Of course with all the success the industry has been having, it will not be slowing down anytime soon.
Comparable to Market Square, Mellon Square on Smithfield Street is also planning to include many restaurants into their space to increase population flow.
In addition to all the restaurant openings, there are also food-related events taking place at all times through the city.
In fact, there is a festival with the name of, “Three Day Blow”, that is occurring on August 25- 27. This event will be bringing in food and drink editors, writers, and makers to all connect with conversation and food within the Pittsburgh area. The organizers plan to grow the conference as the years continue.
Jill Steiner, director of events and public relations at the local business, Wigle Whiskey, and “Three Day Blow” organizational committee member, says, “If there are people who hope to explore what a vibrant food and drink scene can change a city, the place to do it is in Pittsburgh, where a real time transformation is taking place.”
Wigle Whiskey, a successful co-owned business, opened in 2012 and has received incredible attention.
Pittsburgh is known to have brought back the trend of American whiskey, which has influenced the business’s decision to stay in such a city. They plan to keep their business growing alongside their suppliers and community.
Steiner said, “This city is bursting at the seams with buzz-worthy chef-driven restaurants, innovative breweries, nationally-awarded distilleries. And the trend shows no signs of stopping — it seems that every time a new establishment opens it’s doors, the concept is fresh, exciting, innovative. It’s in line with Pittsburgh as a whole. This town’s got no shortage of driven individuals with a passion to express.”
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