Primanti to open site in Mt. Lebanon

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The newest Primanti Bros. restaurant will open in mid-June in Mt. Lebanon.

After purchasing the building last fall the chain, famous for its all-in-one sandwiches, will debut its 10th suburban restaurant at 1529 Washington Road, director of operations Marc Teklinski said.

"What's special about it is the location," he said.

Built in the 1930s, the building was home to Lebanon Lodge, a restaurant and teen dance club that attracted area youth in the 1940s through the 1960s. Primanti Bros. will keep some of the original design features, including an old stone fireplace. A framed copy of the original Lebanon Lodge menu -- back when dinner entrees were $1 and a Coke was 10 cents -- will be displayed on the wall.

"We're holding to the sporting lodge feel," he said. "It's going to be a neat, cozy bar and restaurant."

In keeping with the chain's other suburbans locations, this location near the Galleria mall will include an expanded menu and full bar with 24 beers on tap. It can hold 200 guests and will offer outdoor seating on the patio.

The restaurant is currently hiring servers, bartenders, cooks and custodians and will employ 75, including several young people in the area, Mr. Teklinski said.

Plans for the restaurant were reported last summer when restaurant owners told Mt. Lebanon officials they planned to buy the building, which previously housed Coldwell Banker Real Estate. This marks the chain's second location in the south suburbs. Its Pleasant Hills location opened a decade ago.

"We've always had our eye on the Route 19 corridor heading south," Mr. Teklinski said. "We looked even as far south as out by the Meadows [Racetrack and Casino in Washington, Pa.], but we knew we wanted to have a presence in this area."

In the late 1960s and 1970s, the space held Bimbo's, a restaurant known for pizza, peanut shells on the floor and Saturday afternoon parties where the birthday boy or girl got a whipped cream pie in the face.

The restaurant will open at 11 a.m. daily. The kitchen is open until midnight Sundays through Thursdays and 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.


Molly Born: or 412-263-1944.


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