Spring 2019|volume 12|Issue 3

    What’s New?

    An update of goings-on that reflect the continuing verve and vitality of the Strip District and Lawrenceville

    Craft Distillery/Cocktail Bar/Event Venue Opens in the Strip

    Kingfly, a new craft distillery, officially opened in early February. Its 10,000 square feet of distillery, bar, and event space is located inside a former barn in the heart of the Strip.

    Kingfly is dedicated to making their spirits from scratch, using only the highest quality ingredients from all around the world. This means lemons from Sorrento, cinnamon from Vietnam, sugarcane from Colombia, agave from Mexico, rose petals from France, and grapes from the Napa Valley.

    The space is also an excellent location for events, both private and public. Kingfly has already started a weekly jazz series. Dubbed “Live! at Kingfly,” the music can be heard every Thursday from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. and features different local jazz musicians.

    Kingfly Spirits
    2613 Smallman St. / 412-392-8928

    Innovative Changes at Salem’s Market & Grill

    Salem’s Market & Grill, which is famous for quality halal meats, fresh ingredients, and friendly service (since 1983), has plenty of innovative plans for this year, beginning with their new website and renovations to their Strip District restaurant/market. In addition, you can now order from a kiosk and have your meal delivered to your table, which takes the lunchtime experience to a new high and minimizes the time spent in line during the midday rush. 

    “We have listened to our customers and are making every effort to provide the highest level of service possible,” says owner Abdullah Salem. All meat served at Salem’s is direct from the source, with the whole animal processed according to halal specifications in the adjoining butcher shop. Not only is it some of the freshest, best-sourced meat you will find in Pittsburgh but it’s also offered at the best possible prices.

    Salem’s Market & Grill
    2923 Penn Ave. / 412-235-7828

    Lidia’s Welcomes New General Manager
    Nico Satryan

    Nico Satryan

    Born in Pittsburgh, educated at the University of Indiana, having gained experience at notable NYC restaurants Babbo and Esca, he’s now back home as general manager at Lidia’s.

    “I’m so happy to be back in Pittsburgh,” says Nico Satryan. “After having been gone for nearly eight years, the city still feels familiar and warm. Leading up to my return, every time I’ve come back I’ve noticed changes and feel that the city is now in the midst of a very exciting new era. I couldn’t wait any longer to be part of it.

    “Lidia’s gave me the opportunity to come home and bring remarkably inspired Italian food and wine to the people of Pittsburgh. We’re introducing a new menu and have some really amazing things in the works,” says Satryan. “I encourage everyone, long-time regulars and guests alike, to come and see what we’re so excited about,” he adds.

    Lidia’s Pittsburgh
    1400 Smallman St. / 412-552-0150

    Mullaney’s Pub: Irish Entertainment in March

    March is a month for St. Patrick’s (and all things Gaelic) celebrations at Mullaney’s Pub in the Strip. Here’s a schedule of performances: “Finnegan’s Wake” kicks off St. Patrick’s Day week on Thursday, March 14, with a stage production and reenactment of the song “Finnegan’s Wake.” Performance by Donnie Irish Band and featuring a live corpse in a coffin! Come pay your respects to old Tim Finnegan and be sure to stay to see if he will rise again this year! Festivities start at 8:00 p.m.
     Parade Day: On Saturday, March 16, the Pub opens at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast. Then, 12 hours of live music from local artists Mark Guiser, Whiskey Limerick, Guaranteed Irish, and many more. This is Mullaney’s 28th year “hosting Pittsburgh’s diehard Irish” before, during, and after the parade (call for complete schedule of six performers).

    St. Patrick’s Day is, as always, March 17. Once again Mullaney’s will host 12 hours of live music, offer all of the Pub’s traditional menu items, and welcome “hundreds of your best friends.”

    Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle
    2329 Penn Ave. / 412-642-6622

    Hair By Design Adds Staff
    Barber, Steve Mason

    Barber, Steve Mason

    Laurie Ireland, owner of Hair By Design in the Strip, recently announced the addition of Steve Mason to her staff. “Steve has had a varied career and I think he will be a positive addition,” says Laurie.

    I’ve always had an interest in barbering,” says Steve. “My grandfather, Francesco Scaramuzzi, had a shop on Baum Boulevard in Bloomfield. I have been a paramedic and a firefighter—but I’ve been cutting the hair of friends and family for many years, and now I have an opportunity to serve the public as a barber.”

    Hair By Design
    2503 Penn Ave. / 412-261-6629