Smoke BBQ Taqueria Lease
Smoke BBQ Taqueria has signed a lease to occupy 4115 Butler St. in Lawrenceville.
Although co-owner Jeff Petruso hopes to open in November, he does not yet have a time frame for opening.
The restaurant is in the early stages of applying for a liquor license, something its original location on East Eighth Avenue in Homestead does not have.
It is not clear what will happen to that location.
Taco fans were delighted when owners Mr. Petruso and Nelda Carranco opened Smoke in Homestead in 2011, originally as a take-out place. The couple from Austin, Texas, debuted with a menu of smoked meats, homemade tortillas and artisan drinks.
Mr. Petruso and Ms. Carranco have nurtured ambitious plans for the Homestead location, "including a bar on the main floor, a courtyard in the back and perhaps a small brewery in the basement," reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in a 2011 Munch column.
As it turns out, said Mr. Petruso, "We need a bigger space."
Ritter's cuts back hours
Ritter's Diner in Bloomfield is cutting back hours on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, when it will close at 11 p.m. and reopen at 6:30 a.m.
"We wanted to downsize the operation," said owner Art Velisaris. Ritter's has been owned by the Velisaris family for nearly 50 years. From its first day it had been open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
A Bayardstown shrimp boil
Urbanist will host a shrimp boil at Bayardstown, the pop-up back yard in the warehouse-and-tumbleweeds section of the Strip District at 3008 Penn Ave. at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Chef Kate Romane of E2 in Highland Park is preparing the feast, which includes an heirloom-tomato salad, green beans with bacon, bread, pickles and the boil itself: sausage, corn and boiled potatoes, all seasoned with Old Bay.
If you haven't been to one, it's an uber-casual affair during which eating with your hands is nearly required. Should the weather cooperate, expect a picturesque sunset and a campfire. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here: showclix.com/event/E2atBayardstown.