The rehabbed Pennsylvania Building has rescued key vendors from the now closed Pittsburgh Public Market and it’s about to host more.
Cyclops Cafe — which bills itself as a coffee shop, art space, live music venue and co-working space — has opened in Bellevue at 567 Lincoln Ave.
The business shares space with a tattoo parlor and is furnished with built-ins and a smattering of mid-century furniture that was donated by residents.
Jeremy David Denniston, a software developer, is the owner of the building and cafe. He says he’s been open nearly three weeks, serving drip and iced coffees from Fortunes Coffee in McKees Rocks as well as cafe au lait in ($1.15-$2.50). Lattes, cappuccino and other drinks listed under the “oh, you fancy” side of the menu range from around $3 to $4.50.
Mr. Denniston is all about revitalizing Bellevue’s Lincoln Avenue. Perhaps that’s why a couple Bellevue residents visited the shop just after Thanksgiving and asked if he would accept donated furniture. Next thing he knew, they had pulled up in a U-Haul and unloaded a pair of mid-century chairs, coffee tables, a cool lamp and more. Then they staged the space, which has pop-up columns for charging laptops and phones.
The shop opened briefly several months ago and had to close in part due to plumbing issues, Mr. Denniston says. With that fixed, he’s hoping for a long run in Bellevue, which he touts with the #makeBellevuegreatagain hashtag on the chalkboard menu. Look for the cafe on Facebook at Cyclops PGH.
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