Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room set to open in late August
The space that generations of Pittsburghers knew as Tambellini Seventh Street Ristorante will re-open its doors late next month as Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room
“We completely gutted the space,” says Suzanne Hrach, owner of the new venture. “All substantial construction is complete.
In addition to 30 craft beers on tap, 20-plus wines by the glass, house cocktails and signature snacks, Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room will feature thin-crust, artisan-style pizzas with house-made mozzarella and seasonal toppings.
Proper’s pizza dough, a sourdough-based starter that rests for three days after it’s made, comes from a recipe which Hrach’s boyfriend has worked to refine for more than a year.
Hrach has enlisted Lynette “LBEE” Bushey, formerly of Verde Mexican Kitchen and Cantina, as Proper’s executive chef.
The menu is designed to emphasize the quality of the ingredients.
“Less is more,” says Hrach.
Tambellini’s, a Pittsburgh institution for more than 60 years, closed its doors in February.
Roundabout Brewery opens with a bang
Steve Sloan’s Roundabout Brewery
on Butler Street in Lawrenceville had a hectic first two weeks in business.
When it initially opened its doors on the afternoon of Friday, July 12, lines to get growlers of beer filled the brewery’s foyer, extended out the door and wrapped around the building.
“That first week was really nuts,” Sloan says.
Sloan said that when he opened, he estimated that he had enough beer brewed to last a few weeks. By the end of last weekend, his supply of HyPA and Ginga Wheat were all but depleted.
Sloan anticipates having both beers available again within the week, but didn’t imagine he’d have any trouble keeping up with demand.
“If we have to go out and get another fermenter, we can do that,” Sloan says. “That’s where the bottleneck in the process is.”
Social plucks Kuhn away from Bar Marco
Mixologist Chris Kuhn has left Bar Marco
to become the bar manager for Social at Bakery Square
Kuhn’s cocktails include new takes on old favorites, such as the Brooklyn Bridge (Manhattan) and new concoctions, such as the Bourbon Blast (bourbon, grapefruit, maple syrup, bitters).
In addition to 16 beers on tap and 28 canned beers, Social will also offer fresh, house-made sangria which Kuhn will rotate weekly.
Writer: Matthew Wein
Sources: Suzanne Hrach, Steve Sloan, Chris Kuhn