Little Bites: Restaurant news this week

Ten Penny Downtown

By November's end, AMPD Group will open Ten Penny at 960 Penn Ave., Downtown. From the people behind Steel Cactus in Shadyside and Local, Diesel and Skybar on the South Side comes the group's most food-focused restaurant, said Adam DeSimone, managing partner.

Scott DeLuca, formerly of BOhem Bistro in Seven Fields and Truth Lounge on the South Side, will be executive chef.

The restaurant found its name in the building, when a contractor found 3-inch tenpenny nails so named for their price per-hundred. The name also refers to its location at 10th Street and Penn Avenue.

Mr. DeSimone capitalized on the space because of Downtown's momentum. Much of the interior looks over the neighborhood, with 100 feet of folding windows. Ten Penny will offer 24 craft beers on draft and an extensive wine and cocktail menu, with happy hour and Wednesday through Saturday late-night specials.

Mr. DeSimone said the group has owned the property for a couple of years. With the Cultural District in full swing and the opening of more Downtown restaurants and residential spaces, "Penn Avenue is bumping," he said. "Now is the time."

Crested Duck Charcuterie

After Thanksgiving, Crested Duck Charcuterie will start dinner service on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in a spruced-up Beechview space. The menu will offer 16 or so small plates from $5 to $18. If all goes well, Kevin Costa said the shop will add a couple of entrees du jour.

In the meantime, the shop has transferred lunch service to the new Public Market space at 2400 Penn Ave. The size of the stall has doubled from its previous location on Smallman Street, which allows Mr. Costa to sell more cheeses and meats, including more "standard raw meat cuts," he said.

During the day, butcher shop walk-ins are welcome in Beechview. "We have a healthy inventory here," he said.

Fukuda celebrates

With the departure of sushi chef Matthew Kemp to Philadelphia's Morimoto, Fukuda in Bloomfield has hired TJ Barney from Naked Fish in Salt Lake City. His experience includes apprenticing under master Japanese sushi chefs in San Francisco and Osaka, Japan.

Tonight is the last night the restaurant will offer its $20.14 tasting menu to celebrate its first year of service. An a la carte menu is also available. After tonight, Mr. Barney encourages diners to try the night's omakase, or chef's tasting at the bar.

Best costume wins tickets

Wow the judges at the midnight costume party at Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh in SouthSide Works and you just might walk away with a grand prize worth selling your soul for: Two tickets to the Pittsburgh Penguins game on Dec. 9 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, plus a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant, plus free transportation through the Pear Transportation Co. Additional prizes include Pens gear and Pitt football tickets.

The party starts at 9 p.m., with no cover. Specials include $6 liters and $3 half-liters of beer, theme drinks, and $5 pretzel and bier-cheese appetizers until 11 p.m.

November oyster fests

Wholey's in the Strip will be celebrating oysters for the month of November with its monthlong oyster festival.

It will include samples, sales, tips on how to handle them as well as different recipes. For every freshly shucked oyster sold from the oyster bar, a dime will be donated to The Children's Institute.

Mullaney's Harp & Fiddle, 2329 Penn Ave., Strip, will host its 10th oyster festival on Nov. 16 with a menu that includes raw oysters on the half shell, fried oysters, oyster stew and more. It runs noon until 2 a.m.


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