Upscale steakhouse leases space in U.S. Steel Tower
March 10, 2016 12:06 AM
A new upscale steakhouse will add some heft to Downtown’s tallest building.
By Mark Belko / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A new upscale steakhouse will add some heft to Downtown’s tallest building. And diners soon may have a place to work off some of that beef just a few blocks away.
Red, The Steakhouse, has signed a lease to occupy a 9,200-square-foot space at street level in U.S. Steel Tower on Grant Street. It is the latest premier restaurant to grace the iconic skyscraper.
The location will be only the fifth nationwide for Cleveland-based Red. The others are in Cleveland; Beachwood, Ohio; and Miami, with a fourth opening in Indianapolis this summer.
Red is the second big restaurant to be announced in the last week in the Grant Street corridor, which is experiencing a flurry of retail activity as the Downtown renaissance pushes toward the centers of power.
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Derek Stevens, the executive chef at Eleven in the Strip District, announced last week that he would be opening Union Standard, a blend of classic and contemporary American cuisine, in the historic Union Trust Building at 501 Grant St. It is expected to open in the fall in a two-level space overlooking Mellon Square.
But the restaurants may not be the only new enterprise arriving in that section of Downtown. LA Fitness, the nation’s largest health club chain, reportedly is considering a spot in the former Macy’s department store as part of a redevelopment being proposed by Philadelphia-based Core Realty.
In Miami and Cleveland, Red has been a favorite of NBA superstar LeBron James and his friend and former teammate Dwyane Wade as well as other players. In Pittsburgh, Red, which plans to open late this year, will take the place of Pittsburgh Grille, which closed last year.
Jonathan Gross, chief operating officer for Red Restaurant Group, said the chain scouted nine to 10 midsize and larger markets over the last couple of years before settling on the Steel City.
“We just absolutely fell in love with the city. We found it similar to Cleveland, with a growing downtown,” he said. “It’s close to home for us. It’s a great food town. The restaurants in Pittsburgh are just amazing.”
Of course, steak — certified angus beef and USDA prime — is the featured fare at Red, usually served alone on a plate, although the restaurant also is known for its Italian food. Like many other upscale steakhouses, the sides are served a la carte. Red has won numerous awards from newspapers and magazines in Cleveland and Miami.
It will be competing against a handful of other high-end steakhouses in or near Downtown, including Ruth’s Chris, Morton’s, Hyde Park, Eddie Merlot’s and Capital Grille.
“We are excited to bring Red, The Steakhouse to Downtown Pittsburgh, and specifically Grant Street,” said Thomas J. Harrington, U.S. Steel Tower general manager for Winthrop Management. “Red’s reputation for the highest quality food and service will be a significant addition to Pittsburgh’s nationally-recognized restaurant scene.”
Herky Pollock and Todd Cwynar of CBRE represented Winthrop in the deal.
At Macy’s, LA Fitness is said to be considering a 30,000- to 40,000-square-foot space in the building at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Smithfield Street. Randy Mineo, Core’s executive vice president, had no comment when asked about LA Fitness. LA Fitness representatives couldn’t be reached for comment.
Core is planning about 130,000 square feet of retail, including a possible bowling alley, on the first two floors of Macy’s, which closed in September. The redevelopment also will include a 155-room, full-service hotel and 311 apartments.
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