Anthony Bourdain films 'Parts Unknown' at Squirrel Hill Cafe




Chef and world traveler Anthony Bourdain was in Pittsburgh Thursday filming an episode for his CNN show, “Parts Unknown.”

Mr. Bourdain dined at the Squirrel Hill Cafe on Forbes Avenue, according to Patty Oliverio, the restaurant’s owner.

“They called us maybe a week ago and said they were going to come into the bar,” she said. “We didn’t know for sure what was going on until yesterday.”

Ms. Oliverio, who owns the Squirrel Hill Cafe with her husband Rod, said that Mr. Bourdain was there from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. She said the filming mostly consisted of Mr. Bourdain talking with local author Stewart O’Nan, who apparently recommended that Mr. Bourdain check out the Squirrel Hill institution.

“He was trying to get into iconic Pittsburgh,” Ms. Oliverio said. “So [O’Nan] said, ‘You have to go to the Squirrel Hill Café. It’s my favorite bar.’”

Ms. Oliverio said that she does not know what other restaurants will be featured, nor does she know when the Pittsburgh “Parts Unknown” episode will air.

Server and bartender Tina Rojas was there during the filming. She said Mr. Bourdain ordered a “cage burger” (the restaurant is also known as The Cage) and “a couple of beers.”

“They just basically had us sitting around drinking at 11 in the morning,” she said laughing.

Ms. Oliverio said that filming with Mr. Bourdain and his crew was an overall pleasant experience.

“There were a lot of people there,” she said. “He signed autographs and took pictures with everyone. It was nice.”

Joshua Axelrod: jaxelrod@post-gazette.com


First Published June 8, 2017 10:42 PM




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