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Café J debuts complete makeover, brings tapas dining, wine bar to South Hills

A popular South Hills gathering spot has unveiled a fresh new look inside and out. With a new menu, moniker and design concept, Café J is drawing tapas and wine lovers at 3220 West Liberty Ave.

Linking Dormont and Mt. Lebanon, Café J is located within a stretch of West Liberty that’s seeing a spate of facade improvements and new businesses. “The Washington Road corridor is extending in this direction,” says owner Jamie Petrolias, who recently teamed up with new partners Phil and Linda Krause of Mt. Lebanon. “If you head north from Rolliers Hardware, Pamela’s has opened and they’re building new condos.”

Formerly Jamie’s, the 7,500-square-foot bistro features a newly remodeled dining room and bar, spacious banquet room and ample off-street parking. “We spent a lot of money and used green materials to make the space look and feel comfortable,” adds Petrolias, who worked with Bill Korenich of Mt. Lebanon-based Ardaugh Designs. “It’s a bit upscale and very up to date.” With a rich green and brown palette, Café J features a Paperstone bar, bamboo paneling, stained concrete flooring, and glass pendant lighting.

After running Jamie’s in Downtown’s Market Square for 16 years, Petrolias relocated to Dormont in 2004. “As far as I know, it’s the only tapas place in the South Hills,” adds Linda Krause. “We lightened and brightened everything up. We’re also looking to grow our banquet business.”

Executive chef is Dormont native Rob Seeberger. Boasting 50 wines—with 21 by the glass—Café J serves tapas until 11p.m. on weekends. Signature items include grilled calamari and rosemary ham panini.

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Writer: Jennifer Baron
Sources: Jamie Petrolias and Linda Krause, Café J

Photograph copyright Jennifer Baron






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