Little Bites: Local restaurant news

Klavon's to reopen Sunday

Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor in the Strip District will soft-open on Sunday for National Ice Cream Day, says co-owner Jacob Hanchar, who will run the business with his wife, Desiree. The couple bought the building from the Klavons at the end of June.

"You can feel the love and passion he had for the place," said Mr. Hanchar, referring to Raymond J. Klavon, the former owner of the shop who died at the age of 64 in January. "We don't intend on changing the look of the place at all. There's good karma here."

The building served as Klavon's Pharmacy from 1920-79, when it was boarded up until Klavon reopened the space as Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor in 1999.

The new Klavon's will be the only shop in the city of Pittsburgh to sell ice cream from Penn State Creamery, the largest university creamery in the U.S. Founded in 1865, the creamery offers more than 100 flavors and boasts founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry's among alumni of its ice cream course.

At the start, it will offer a baker's dozen, with one flavor on rotation each month, said Mr. Hanchar. Eventually, Klavon's will make some flavors in-house.

After the soft-opening, the official debut will be Aug. 25 -- National Banana Split Day. Summer hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

White Oak Farm dinner

This Sunday Houston chef Randy Rucker will join Justin Severino of Cure in Lawrenceville for a dinner at White Oak Farm in Hampton at 4 p.m. The chef has been cited for an unbridled creativity and a healthy foraging habit. The dinner comes prior to the opening of Restaurant Conat, his concept that has seen a series of delays.

Mr. Rucker is a part of the cadre of chefs that drive Houston's restaurant community, which, according to food writer John T. Edge, is "the most dynamic and diverse food and drink scene in the nation."

Most recently, Mr. Rucker was chef-owner of Bootsie's in Tomball, Texas, and in 2009 earned the first four-star review in nine years from Houston Chronicle critic Alison Cook for his work at Rainbow Lodge. Tickets to the dinner are $125 and can be purchased by calling Cure at 412-252-2595.

Social Bakery Square open

Social at 6425 Penn Ave. in East Liberty opened last week, the newest restaurant from Walnut Capital. The restaurant offers salads, wraps sandwiches and pizza, with the hard sell on booze. Happy hours offer $2 cans and draft beers, with daily drink specials such as martini Monday and half-price bottles of wine on Fridays.


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