Here are a dozen places to visit in Downtown/Strip District, East End, South Side and South Hills for the best tacos in Pittsburgh.
India Garden in Oakland has closed
India Garden in Oakland has closed. The restaurant owned by Didar Singh is listed for sale for $1.3 million. Mr. Singh also owns the year-old All India, but its opening head chef, Tamil Selvan, has since moved on to open his own restaurant, Kohinoor in Monroeville. In June 2013 India Garden was cited for extensive health violations, including employees smoking on the cook line.
NOLA on the Square and Perle reopen
NOLA on the Square reopened Tuesday with celebrations to include Jazzfest through Saturday and Battle Hot Sauce on July 30. New to the space is Speakeasy, a whiskey-and-craft beer-focused bar open from 8 p.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The upstairs Champagne and tapas bar, Perle, also will reopen on Tuesday.
Franktuary to close Downtown
After a 10-year run, the Downtown location of Franktuary will be closing July 23. The occasion will be marked by a "Franks for the Memories" celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church-basement location was the start for the restaurant, which has expanded to include a food truck and the Lawrenceville location, which opened last January.
Simple Ingredients opens Downtown
Michael Tarquinio, owner of Sal's City Deli Downtown, has opened Simple Ingredients, with a healthful menu of wraps, homemade soups and sandwiches. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has leased him the space at 804 Liberty Ave.
Simple Ingredients will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturdays.
Two new restaurants to open in Sewickley
The Slippery Mermaid Sushi Bar will be opening at 613 Beaver St. The restaurant is affiliated with the Navarre, Fla. location. Also opening this summer at 424 Broad St. is Mambo Italiano. Look to this section for details on these and other openings.