La Gourmandine will take over the former Penn Avenue Fish spot on Forbes Avenue
Asiatique to open in Bakery Square
Walnut Capital has partnered with Mark and Ling Robinson, owners of The Green Mango, to open a third restaurant at 102 Bakery Square Blvd. in Larimer by mid-September called Asiatique Thai Bistro.
Ms. Robinson, who calls herself "the high-heeled chef" because she always wears heels to work, said her small menu will include healthy, reasonably priced fare. The 48-seat restaurant will be a family friendly, BYOB place with limited outdoor seating.
Although Ms. Robinson has had her hand in six restaurants in her career, she pared down to one when Mr. Robinson had surgery in 2012. Asiatique will be their second eatery after The Green Mango in Monroeville, which has opened and closed in two smaller locations.
It's not just cooking that fuels her passion. It's community. "I want to guide young people. I want to offer meals for mothers who want to feed their kids well. I want to give back," she said.
"We think we know how to live, but we don't know how to treat ourselves. I have a lot of ideas to share about that."
Chick'n Bubbly to open in Oakland
Chick'n Bubbly will open in July at 117 Oakland Ave. The restaurant will sell Korean-style fried chicken, which is usually super-crispy and sweeter than Southern-fried styles. The restaurant will also sell bubble tea.
City Deli will close Downtown
City Deli of the City Gourmet Group will close in the Koppers Building on Seventh Avenue on July 25. The restaurant that has been in the location for 15 years will regroup in Etna, where it will focus on catering.
Owners Jim and Libby Calato said the growth of the restaurant scene Downtown and their increased focus on catering prompted the transition.