Little Bites: Restaurant news this week

Istanbul Sofra opens in Regent Square

A Turkish restaurant, Istanbul Sofra, has opened at 7600 Forbes Ave. in Regent Square. It's in the space that had been Alma, which closed in November.

The restaurant is the first from Amanda and Adnan Pehlivan and chef Edip Sensel.

Mr. Pehlivan originally is from Tarsus in south-central Turkey, and the chef is from nearby Mersin. The two are childhood friends.

Istanbul Sofra is one of the area's few Turkish restaurants, which include Daphne Cafe in Shadyside and Alihan's, which opened last year, and Istanbul Grille, both Downtown.

It will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Eddie Merlot's now open Downtown

The 300-seat steakhouse Eddie Merlot's opened Tuesday at Four Gateway Center, Downtown, in the space formerly occupied by Elements.

The Platinum Restaurant Group, based in Fort Wayne, Ind., started the chain in 2001 and has expanded to Cincinnati, Columbus, Louisville and most recently Bloomfield Hills, Mich. The restaurant moniker comes from the nickname of founder and wine connoisseur Bill Humphries.

Dishes include 7- or 10-ounce prime-cut filet mignon, aged 21 days, or a 14-ounce New York strip, a 22-ounce bone-in rib-eye and a 28-ounce Wagyu Tomahawk rib-eye. Potatoes in several variations, Brussels sprouts and mac-and-cheese are among sides.

Eddie Merlot's will be open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 5 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays.

Lunch service, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, will begin Tuesday.

Burgatory opens in West Homestead Saturday

Burgatory will open its location at The Waterfront (299 W. Bridge St., West Homestead) Saturday.

To celebrate, all locations will feature a shake using chocolate-chip cookies by West Homestead neighbor, Nancy B's Bakery.

The original Waterworks location near Aspinwall opened in January 2011 next-door to sibling restaurant Uncle Sam's, a sandwich shop.

A stand in the Consol Energy Center opened next, followed last September by the restaurant at The Pointe in North Fayette.

Another in the Blue Spruce Shoppes in Murrysville will open next, followed by a North Shore location in the 120,000-square-foot development that's being built between PNC Park and Heinz Field.

Finally, a Burgatory is planned in the Gardens at Market Square on Forbes Avenue, Downtown, now expected to open in 2015.

Sake has opened in the Southside Works

Sake Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar opened last week in the Southside Works.

The restaurant is a sibling to Saga Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi Bar in Cranberry, Monroeville, Robinson and Bethel Park.

Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant features lunch specials priced below $20 and dinners that include salads, sushi, udon and soba noodles, fried rice, Thai and Chinese food.


Melissa McCart, dining critic (


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