Smoke BBQ Taqueria has signed a lease to occupy 4115 Butler St. in Lawrenceville.
Though 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.
The taqueria is a Pittsburgh-area favorite for its bold flavors, slow-cooked meats and fundamentalist approach to quality ingredients.
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.
The menu has expanded to include breakfast tacos and migas served all day, share dishes such as brisket salad, duck quesadillas, slaws, beans and various iterations of mac and cheese.
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."homepage - neigh_city - breaking - region - dining