Seviche at 930 Penn Ave. has closed. It’s one of several properties from Big Y Group, founded by Yves Carreau, with Le Lyonnais, Poros, Nola on the Square and Perle among them.
The restaurant opened Downtown in 2007, Mr. Carreau’s second in Pittsburgh following Sonoma Grille, which opened in 2005 and recently was rebranded as Le Lyonnais.
The website announced that it closed over the weekend and that a new restaurant from a different restaurateur will debut in the location in 2018. Mr. Carreau did not return calls about the closing.
When Seviche opened a decade ago, skeptics voiced concern over the Downtown location. “Running a restaurant in the Golden Triangle has always been a survival game after the evening exodus of commuters leaves streets eerily empty,” the Post-Gazette wrote in “How many is too many restaurants?” That was before the restaurant boom and the revitalization of Downtown.
At the time, Mr. Carreau said he was marketing his restaurant to women, who “drive the decision on where a couple goes out to eat.”
“Let Morton’s and Ruth’s Chris fight over businessmen,” he said.
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