Gus's Cafe Opens
George Haritos opened Gus's Cafe at 4717 Butler St. in Lawrenceville this past Sunday night, serving a short list of gluten-free small plates and snacks, such as french fries (fried in gluten-free oil), crepes and cinnamon and sugar doughnuts. Although it's primarily a beer bar, there are plenty of gluten-free options as well as wine and cocktails.
Mr. Haritos' family owned Harris Grill in Shadyside, which they sold in 2003. He also bought property at 5416 Butler St., where he intends to open a second restaurant. Gus's is named for Konstantinos "Gus" Haritos, the original Harris Grill owner, who opened the place in 1951. He died in 2001.
The restaurant will serve dinner all week from 5 to 11 p.m. and will be open until 2 a.m. Mr. Haritos said he'll open during daytime hours within the next couple of weeks, during which he'll also roll out a coffee subscription program for regulars. He is currently hammering out those details.
"I have a lot of ideas," he said. "But I also want to keep it simple."
Industry Public House Expands
Industry Public House on Butler Street in Lawrenceville has built out the space next door to include 65 seats, a second bar and private-event space.
The restaurant and bar opened last summer featuring 40 beers on tap. The menu also features three dozen whiskeys. At this time of year, the place often smells like a campfire, as bartenders smoke whiskeys.
The restaurant is currently hiring bartenders, servers and managers. "We're not having a grand opening or anything," said an employee. "We're already using it as an event space."
Tartine extends hours
Tartine in the West End has expanded weekend hours and is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The charming restaurant opened in June on South Main Street in the West End and serves breakfast and lunch.
At the helm is chef Michael Rado, who returned to his hometown after working with Joel Robuchon in Las Vegas and Daniel Boulud in New York. It's a lovely spot to while away an afternoon with a croque monsieur, a bowl of vichyssoise or a marche salad.