Little Bites: News on area restaurants

Piano bar, wood-fired pizza place on South Side

Sofranko Advisory Group has acquired 2100 E. Carson St., South Side. The group will build a three-level destination that will include a Chicago-style dueling piano bar, a cigar bar and a wood-fired pizza restaurant.

Construction on the space that had been Mullen's Bar and Grill will begin within 45 to 60 days and will take five or six months to complete.

Sofranko Advisory Group serves as a consultant, landlord or partner to such businesses as Franktuary in Lawrenceville, Proper Brick Oven Downtown, Il Pizzaiolo, four Walnut Grill locations, Bistro 9101 in McCandless and Sirena Taco Joint & Bar in McMurray that will open on June 20.

Mardi Gras anniversary party this week

June 14 marks the 60th anniversary of Le Mardi Gras in Shadyside.

Owner Rich Costanzo said he's planning on a house band, drink specials, T-shirts, beads and moderate debauchery.

The bar, at 731 Copeland St., serves the opportunity for people-watching (and smoking) but no food, unless you count orange and grapefruit cocktails such as the Salty Dog or Tequila Sunrise.

Le Mardi Gras has remained in the family since its reign on Bellefonte Street in Shadyside. The bar moved to its current location, just off Walnut Street, in 2002.

Last year, the bar celebrated its 59th birthday in February.

Children's Museum launches Cook it! lunch series

Big Red Room Cafe chef Angelo Galioto will launch a bimonthly cooking demonstration from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m, with ingredients from the museum garden. He will be joined by Robert Sayre from Conflict Kitchen during various sessions throughout the summer.

Tamari will celebrate its 5th anniversary June 26

Tamari in Lawrenceville will celebrate its fifth anniversary June 26 through the weekend with a $5 menu that includes dishes from its debut.

Owner Allen Chen and his father Mike have developed a fan base that extends throughout the region. Allen Chen owns a second Tamari in Marshall while Mike Chen runs China Palace in McCandless and Monroeville, Sushi Too in Shadyside and Everyday Noodles in Squirrel Hill.



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