10th Ward Block Watch & Community Meeting on 5416 Butler Street

* DATE/LOCATION CHANGE FROM USUAL 10TH WARD BLOCK WATCH * Please join us for the 10th Ward Block Watch and a community meeting on Cannabis Company of Pennsylvania’s proposal for a medical cannabis dispensary at 5416 Butler Street. Monday, November 7th at 6:30 PM at the multi-purpose room inside the Goodwill of Southwestern PA’s workforce development center at 118 52nd Street. Please note that this is a change from the typical 10th Ward Block Watch meeting time/location because of election day.




Community Meeting for 4568 Penn Ave – Thursday November 10th

Please join us for a community meeting at 6:30 pm at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination (5006 Penn Avenue) on Thursday, November 10th. Hough’s brewpub in Greenfield is proposing a new brewpub at 4568 Penn Avenue and will be presenting their plans.



6th Ward Blockwatch meeting notes

September 26, 2016

Piazza Talarico and 3700 Butler Street Meeting Notes

Topic: 3832 Penn Ave and 3700 Butler Street

6th Ward Neighborhood Block Watch

Approximately 28 people attended

Presenting: Joe Talarico and Brian Mendelssohn

Irwin, co-owner of Botero developers also attended

Public Safety Update, see Block Watch meeting packet for full report

Lawrenceville Corporation unable to attend due to a  scheduling conflict


Safety Report

  • There is a summary of 6th ward crimes in the safety report
  • Reach out to Officer Antoine Davis with questions
  • Did not go in to detail about crimes, detailed description can be found in report
  • A robbery involved a group of juveniles who surrounded somebody. The police are following up and investigating
  • Reminder to lock vehicles and to keep precious items out of view
  • There has been an uptick in overdoses in the neighborhood. Officers are carrying NARCAN to respond. Information about heroin is included in the information packet
  • Bike safety information is also included. Bikers are fellow neighbors too. A bike police officer will attend the next 9th ward block watch
  • Town Hall meeting to be hosted by Chief McClay –public forum to highlight pertinent issues directly with police officers



Food Pantry will move from St Augustine’s to St. Mary’s Lyceum for the next two years.

LOCG Volunteer Days – Wednesdays 6-7 PM at McCandless & Natrona

Tree Park Workday – 2nd Mondays @ 5:30 PM at Stanton & Keystone

Duncan Workday – 4th Mondays @ 6 PM at 54th and Duncan

Lawrenceville Hospitality Association – House tour – October 2nd from 12 – 5pm

Tickets must be bought in advance ($15) or day-of ($18) from Gallery on 43rd, City Grows, Dandelions, Coca Cafe and Pavement until 4:30 P.M. on Saturday, October 2.

Sunnyside Elementary School Tour – 10/6 @ 9 AM

Next 6th Ward Block Watch – TBD (Next date is Halloween)

LU’s Kids’ Halloween Party – 10/29, 12pm at Arsenal Park


Piazza Talarico


Cuisine Traditional Italian fare, peasant food

Zoning Requirements: Current zoning is Local Neighborhood Commercial

Restaurant (General) zoning is required for this location because the site will be renovated and an existing use will be changed to a commercial use.  Any site plans in an LNC must be reviewed by the ZBA and an RG designation given for any new construction or building additions in an LNC zoned location.

Liquor License: PA limited winery license, preliminary approval (pending inspection) obtained for satellite location at 3832 Penn Ave. Winery is currently located in Zelienople.

Hours Tues-Thu 11-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm Closed Sunday-Monday

Family-Friendly Yes

Lot Size 1130 sq ft proposed addition of 880 square ft for second floor

Seats 18 at dining tables, 20-25 outdoor seating, 25-30 second floor proposed seating (total 63-73)

Employees 6-8 FTEs within first year

Timeline Opening January 2017

Installing a women’s and men’s room that is ADA approved

No tipping plan, business plan is to pay the employees a living wage $15/hr

European model – a service charge is added to your bill to be split among the employees. We don’t want to make a lot of money by exploiting people. Will help the servers and be good for us too. Wines will be sold by the bottle

There will be a covered awning with heaters for outdoor seating, so can use throughout the year.

Layout to be determined for dining room upstairs

Façade will have an industrial style window – enhancement in style will go well with the neighborhood

No room for off street parking – no parking at all with the restaurant

Q & A: 

Q: Any zoning variances requested?

Joe Talarico: Seeking zoning variance for second floor.

Dave Breingan (LU): Some confusion about this. Square footage is still under 2,500 square feet, but received notice from Zoning Board that there would be a hearing. Need to follow up with zoning.

Joe: Should be under the limits of the square footage. Isn’t making much sense.


Q: Hours of operation?

Joe: Initially, only open 5 days per week: Tuesday-Saturday. As business picks up and start hiring more people, probably will go 7 days per week. Open 11 AM to 8 PM Tu-Th, 11 AM to 11 PM on Friday & Saturday. Possible Sunday brunches once per month.


Q: Timetable for opening?

Joe: January, hopefully. Still going through all the permits. Got held up closing on property and still waiting on building permit, which should be coming any day.


Q: Kid friendly?

Joe: Yes. Lots of grandkids and we want it to be a family place and kid-friendly.


Q: Is there any off-street parking in the back?

Joe: No room for parking anywhere. Parking is the one potential problem.


Q: Parking is a major issue and something has to be done about. More businesses are coming in and not planning for parking.

Dave: LU definitely recognizes this. Parking comes up at every community meeting. We’re working on solutions. Have some traction with a shared public/private parking structure on the site of the Arsenal Terminal development, which would provide some relief to the district. Looking at other solutions as well, but there are many obstacles around ownership issues and cost because parking is expensive.

Follow-up question: What about zoning? How can restaurants keep opening when they’re not providing parking?

Dave: The zoning code doesn’t require any parking for this project.

Follow-up question: Has there been any discussion with Allegheny County Health Department about creating shared use agreement?

Dave: Were some discussions with ACHD during Arsenal Park master planning about a shared use agreement for the parking, but need to revisit.

Follow-up question: Does the city own parking garages? How are the other neighborhoods (Shadyside etc) able to get garages?

Dave: Parking garages are very expensive and there’s been a reluctance politically to create them over other priorities.

Follow-up question: What about permit parking?

Dave: Can now protest to have residential permit parking up until midnight, where only enforcing it until 6 PM right now, when most of the parking issues residents are facing are later than that. Need a majority of signatures on your block to get residential permit parking.

Follow-up question: What about offering incentives for residents who aren’t driving — providing discounts for residents?

Dave: Senior AdvantAGE offers discounts for residents ages 55+ to get discounts at local businesses. Most owners are part of it.

Joe: We’ll be taking part of it.


Q: Commend you for providing living wage to employees. How to get other businesses to do this?

A: In Seattle, see many restaurants doing this. Will it cost us some of our profits? Yes, but our workers are family. We want our employees to feel invested with us and I’m real confident it will work. I hope it will catch on with others.




Botero Development: 3700 Butler


Use: High-tech office, parking and retail

Zoning Requirements: ZBA hearing October 13 – Special Exception for office general and parking reduction to 12 spaces.

Hours TBD


Lot Size 10,460 sq ft.

Timeline Opening


Brian is resident of Lawrenceville in the 9th ward for thirteen years. Botero Development only does development in Lawrenceville, including Row House Cinema — which does offer discounts for residents.

Have been working on 3700 Butler Street for a couple years now. Were initially planning on residential and retail on the ground floor, but times have changed: too much residential building in Lawrenceville now. Icon in the neighborhood and need to find a viable solution to redevelop it. Instead of adding more apartments, want to provide a place to work and more jobs for the community. We can’t be all residential — we also need jobs.

Already received variance couple years ago for 4th floor addition with setback. Working with church parking lot behind the property for past 2 years — have tried to figure out a solution, but we can’t use it, so our solution is to put as many parking into the building as possible. Daytime parking is very different from nighttime parking. Want to cram as much parking as possible, but this means also losing valuable retail space that could be a nice amenity to the community, so trying to balance out those two conflicting ideas to provide as much parking while still providing retail there.


Botero has renovated fourteen buildings in Lawrenceville — a lot of them were condemned or underused. His brother, Irwin, just joined the company. Some examples are Wild Card, 42nd Street, condemned building at Hatfield and 48th, Tender (won best in show for best renovation in the city this year), Row House Cinema and Bierport. Created over 21 direct jobs in the community and a lot of indirect jobs (e.g. construction, etc.)

3700 Butler

Historic renovation is our bread and butter and that’s what this is about: want it to be beautiful and grand. Originally built by Ford Motor Company — built car parts there. Has a cool history and is built like a tank — want to make sure the story we add on doesn’t interfere with the historic view of the building.

Going to do office: high-tech (e.g. small design firms), trying to capture the jobs of the people who are moving into new residential units, as well as office shares. Feel like the neighborhood is lacking this right now.

Entrance will be on Ater Way. Currently a dingy alley — want to spruce up the alley and make it more attractive. Planning on investing in it.

On the Board of Bike Pittsburgh. Putting in the lease that tenants are required to be a Bike Pittsburgh Gold Member and participate in Port Authority Perks program (get your bus pass through your employer and get a significant discount).

Retail: no idea what it’s going to be. Not talking about this today. Will remain “white box”: if any business wants to come in here in the future, they will have to go through their own zoning process. The businesses I bring in are always local and it’s important to me that they serve the neighborhood.

Parking: required to provide 30 parking spaces, based off the potential employees. We’re only able to provide 12 because the building takes up the whole lot and there’s only so many spots we can fit in the building b/c of the shape of the building. Worked for 2 years with the Catholic church to add a parking deck, but at the end of the day, it didn’t work and we had to rethink it.  This is daytime parking and will be daytime users, which should be minimal impact to the neighborhood since they’ll be parking in Lawrenceville while we’re all at work. Further, we want to be a part of any solutions around parking structures (e.g. Arsenal Terminal) and lease spaces to expand our parking.

Two zoning variances: special exception for office general (currently industrial use), and parking variance. 1 parking space will be van-accessible handicap space.

Q & A

Q: Glad to hear that something’s being done with that building. It’s been an eyesore for a long time.

Brian: First building that caught my eye 13 years ago — very exciting to be here today.

Q: How are you going to control if someone like Uber or Google rents a space with you and those individuals don’t live in Lawrenceville?

Brian: I can’t control where people who work there live, but what we’re going to do is to make it as convenient as possible for employees to get to work without taking a car.

Follow-up question: So you’ll be discriminating about your tenant?

Brian: We would thoroughly vet who we would sign a lease with. It’s a business arrangement for many years, so you have to be proud to do business with them. The businesses we’ve brought into the neighborhood are Wild Card, Row House, Bierport, Smoke, landlord for Bike Pittsburgh, and that I think demonstrates that we have a good past in terms of who we want to do business with.

Q: We were talking about the parking requirement for the pizza shop earlier. I am concerned about the fact that you’re asking for a parking variance. You’re providing 1/3 of the parking that the project should have. The pizza shop is a drop in the bucket compared to this.

Brian: I think the parking that’s creating concerns from residents is the nighttime uses. What’s good about this is this is daytime parking, and 38th Street is mostly empty during the day.

Follow-up question: I agree with you, but you’re not dealing with the first floor since it’s “white box”. The first floor could have an additional 10-40 parking spaces if you have restaurants.

Brian: We’re not going after restaurants and we’re not going to build a ventilation shaft. Our goal is to do more neighborhood service. Personally, I would love an ice cream store, like a FroYo or more traditional ice cream shop. A few businesses that already exist in Lawrenceville are looking to expand and we’ve been in conversations with them.

Follow-up q: And why aren’t you providing more parking on the second floor?

Brian: This building was built for an automobile company and there’s a ramp that goes from the 1st floor to the 2nd, but wouldn’t pass code today because it’s too steep. The 2nd floor is the prime office space, and if we took it out for more parking, the project wouldn’t work financially. The whole purpose of the project is to provide office space, and if we can’t provide office space because we’re providing parking, it defeats the whole purpose.

Q: Where does the parking pull in?

Brian: About middle of the building on 37th Street. There would be a curb cut and a slight ramp down.

Follow-up q: You wouldn’t see from Butler Street?

Brian: Correct. From a Butler Street perspective, it looks good and looks like retail like it’s supposed to. And the back half would be hidden from the church as well. Keeps Butler Street entact.

Q: I agree we desperately need to get this building redeveloped. Would you be willing to write into your zoning that you’re not going to put a restaurant here, which would be the main creator of a parking issue?

Brian: What I think we could say is we’re not going to have a shaft, which would restrict what kinds of uses could be there. A hood has to go through the building to the roof — without that, it limits what kinds of dining you can have. You could have a frozen yogurt place or a deli (like Butler on Deli, which doesn’t have a hood), but it limits the kind of restaurant you could have there.

Q: When is zoning hearing?

Brian: October 13th @ 10:40 AM. After we got through zoning, we would hopefully get a permit by next summer.

Q: The building is not currently on the historic register?

Brian: There is no historic register for Lawrenceville yet. Our plan is to go after 10% historic tax credit since the project is all commercial, where we don’t have to put it on the register. If the neighborhood does become a national register, then we’d go for that. The limitations for the 20% provide a lot of rules, but the 10% we’re not obliged to as many rules. These are federal dollars that go to renovating historic buildings.

End of Q&A


Click view for the 6th Ward safety report

Click view for Talarico’s site plan

Click here for meeting agenda and pack

4501 Butler Street Meeting Notes

4501 Butler Street Meeting Notes

Topic: 4501 Butler Street

9th Ward Neighborhood Block Watch

Approximately 37 people attended

Presenting: Joel Bolden and Chris Morgan

Morgan’s BBQ: Three employees from Brooklyn location

Public Safety Update, see Block Watch meting minutes for full report

Public Safety announcement: Officer Antoine Davis, Zone 2 Police: Town Hall meeting, September 28 at 7:00 pm. Lawrenceville Branch of the Carnegie Public Library 279 Fiske Street


311 Update

Wendy Urbanic:

  • 10th anniversary this year
  • Progress continues in Lawrenceville with engaging the community
  • 311 and Lawrenceville United have the same goal – to provide inclusive, resident-driven community–based services for the benefit of the community. – inserted and paraphrased from the website
  • 311 has gotten new software and can create individual accounts for individual requests for tracking community problems
  • 311 has expanded its hours of operation from 7am-7pm (confirm)
  • Social media (text, tweet) is an effective way to communicate with 311
  • 311 wishes to get requests to the appropriate departments as quickly as possible to process requests
  • Police have been responsive. If a delay and responding to a problem will occur, it can be communicated to the resident who called it in


  • Difference between when to call 311 and when to call 911. Parking issues and non-immediate concerns would be directed to 311. Emergency calls are given priority.
  • Mayor’s office is using 311 data to track issues
  • If there is a disruption due to noise, call 911. All request should be assigned a tracking number
  • Property violations are attended to within three days. The next step for the complaint is to go to the magistrate. The penalty is determined by the magistrate’s office.
  • Requests regarding signs take 8-10 weeks to replace
  • Streets and sidewalk requests take weeks; pavement lines are done separately, lag time is an issue with these requests
  • Block watch works with police to enforce driving infractions
  • Leslie Park bike ride, inappropriate exposure should be reported
  • Discussion on bicycle safety, bicycles as nuisances and cyclists as not obeying traffic rules
  • Definition of affordable housing If less than 305 of income goes to housing it is considered affordable
  • If someone earns 80% of what the median income is, that person should be able to access (affordable) home ownership
  • Discussion around affordable housing projects in Lawrenceville and issues around parking with newly built affordable housing



City Council hearing input on affordable housing opportunity fund – 9/21 @ 5:30 PM

Lawrenceville Community Association October 2 house tour

Tickets must be bought in advance ($15), tour map available

Lawrenceville Food Pantry Location Change

LOCG Volunteer Days – Wednesdays 6-7 PM

Tree Park Workday – 2nd Mondays @ 5:30 PM

Duncan Workday – 4th Mondays @ 6 PM

City Council hearing input on affordable housing opportunity fund – 9/21 @ 5:30 PM

Sunnyside Tour – 10/6 @ 9 AM

Next Block Watch – 9th Ward October 19 @ 6:30 PM

Halloween Party – 10/29 @ Arsenal Park, 1-4 PM


Morgan’s BBQ

Ground rules summary

Introduction by Dave Breingan

Video presentation

  • Parking
  • Music
  • Slow cook brisket and ribs
  • Other restaurant name is Elbow Room


Cuisine Texas-style BBQ

Zoning Requirements No variances needed, as there will be no change to be building footprint. The existing building will be renovated.

Liquor License Business owners will be applying next week.

Hours Monday – Wednesday 11am – 1am; Thursday – Saturday 11am – 2am; Sunday 11am – 12pm

Alcohol Prices $6-14

Menu Prices $6-32

Family-Friendly Yes

Lot Size 24000sq ft

Building Size 2200sq ft

Seats 74, including 12 at bar

Employees 25-30

Timeline summer 2017 opening

Take out Yes

Call business owner directly with issues or concerns Chris Morgan: 646-372-8377.



  • Use of parking lot will be for parking and entertainment
    • Non-residents of Lawrenceville may not be accommodated by provided parking.
  • Noise could be problem, how will it be mitigated?
    • Business owners have permits necessary
  • A precipitator will break up the smell of cooking meat
  • We don’t need a new restaurant in the neighborhood
  • Residential streets are congested with business parking
  • Neighborhood would benefit from a garage
  • If residents leave in the evening hours, they can’t park when they return
  • Public transit is limited in Pittsburgh
  • Suggestion to offer a shuttle serve to Strip district, etc for patrons
  • Encourage business owners to offer discounts for residents
  • Business would fill a niche, Texas BBQ is underserved in the neighborhood
  • Elbow room already exists in Pittsburgh – the Brooklyn Elbow Room could be accommodated under the Morgan’s BBQ umbrella here
  • Valet parking discussion, take away from existing businesses
  • Resident asked about an incident that Joel Bolden had at The Abbey in Lawrenceville. Bolden was asked to leave The Abbey following the incident.
  • Neighborhood can be assured that incidents will be addressed before they get out of control at Morgan’s BBQ and behavior will be what residents would expect of a business owner
  • Could a neighborly reminder about noise and behavior be printed on receipts? Yes
  • Property will be leased
  • Remember that seniors are lifelong residents and accessibility if important to them
  • Price points from Brooklyn restaurant will be adjusted for Pittsburgh price points
  • Hiring – difficult to find qualifies applicants, LU program with Goodwill -Lawrenceville Works- could partner
  • Bike racks will be provided
  • Meeting minutes to be posted on LU website lunited.org


Roasted Barrelhouse & Eatery Meeting Notes

Meeting: 6th Ward Block Watch, 8/22/2016

Presenter: Pete Landis

Feels like he is a part of Lawrenceville community now

  • Part of Market Square Association, which works with Zone 2 police often
    • Work together to improve community, reduce crime
  • Current status of Roasted
    • Back deck was an area of concern for nearby residents when building owned by Eclipse
      • Used to create a lot of noise complaints
      • No permit for it, not in compliance with zoning
    • During previous meeting with impacted residents, Pete had promised not to retain it in response to these community concerns
      • Created new addition behind existing building, where folks can do dinner/drinks
      • Doubled size, but no noise complaints – seems to be working out for everyone
    • Opened already
      • Not open for lunch yet but hoping to get there soon
      • Current hours:
        • Monday-Thursday: 5-11 PM
        • Friday-Saturday: 5 PM-2 AM
        • Ideally going to start doing lunch and eventually do Sundays as well
      • Renovations of space
        • Front façade: pulled off glass block from Bill’s Tavern and restored façade
          • Didn’t have to do this because not designated as historic, but preserved it to historic standards anyway
          • Wanted to keep historic look, make it look like it’s been there for years
          • Residents who remember Bill’s Tavern have told him that Bill would be proud!
          • Front windows can open during warmer months
            • Seats 8 people between inside and outside and creates communal table feel.
          • Menu
            • Back to basics: not modern deep-frying equipment, just good drinks and oven-roasted food
            • Cocktail program: easy highball drinks (different sizes offered), historical cocktails from 1800s-1960s
            • Food: everything is oven roasted, seasoned & slow-roasted, served “au jus”
            • Tweaking menu as they go, but available now online at roastedpgh.com
          • Collaboration with other 6th Ward businesses
            • Working to get all business owners together to create dialogue, contribute back to community
            • Working to resolve parking impact on the residential neighborhood: collaborative valet parking to a lease with parking lots
              • Thinking they will incentivize customers to use it with discounts
            • Vice President of the West Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association, so have lots of good connections with state and governmental agencies to help get some of these things done.
          • Hiring: growing and looking to hire

Burgh’ers – 3601 Butler Street

Lawrenceville United (LU) and Lawrenceville Corporation (LC) invited the owner of Burgh’ers, a restaurant proposed at 3601 Butler Street, to the 6th Ward Block Watch for a community meeting on 7.25.2016. LU  distributed flyers within a 500 foot radius of 3601 Butler, inviting residents and stakeholders to attend and learn more about Burgh’ers. Notes from that meeting are below; call LU if you have additional questions.

Notes from Burgh’ers Meeting

LU and LC Joint Letter to the Zoning Board of Adjustment


Merchant Oyster Company – 4129 Butler

Community Meeting, 7.19.16

Meeting Notes

Presenting: Matt Galluzzo (LC Executive Director), Dave Breingan (LU Executive Director), and Dennis Marron (chef and business owner)

Attending: Rob and Molly Stephany (property owners)

Community Announcements

National Night Out – Aug 2 at Duncan Park from 5:30 – 7:30pm

CLT Meeting with parents – 7.20.16 at the library, 6pm

Back to school bash  – August 13 at Arsenal Park, 11am-1pm

July 25 – CHP – 44th Street one lane near Post Street – 2 days due to water line

Rescheduling Patrick Ciccone from Crow Hill Development to August block watch meeting

Q: Why Crow Hill was allowed to avoid the community process? Because they needed fewer than 10 spaces so were able to be processed by zoning staff rather than a ZBA hearing.

Matt explained ground rules for community meetings. LC and LU have been discussing potential tenants with property owners for years, recently Stephanys found tenant for 42nd and Butler. Now tenant is applying for a liquor license, so they’re attending this community meeting to present plans.

Dennis Marron – Presentation

4129 Butler: Merchant Oyster Co.

Moved to Pittsburgh 3.5 years ago to open Hotel Monaco, was executive chef at the Commoner and has been working in Stallman Galley. He is a Lawrenceville resident and has realized Pittsburgh is missing Northeastern influence in its food scene. He’s spent 25 years in restaurant business so far, in every role from dishwasher to chef. He would like to bring casual, welcoming upbeat seafood dining to Pittsburgh. Plans for the new restaurant include a large first floor and mezzanine level. Bar along first floor that will turn into kitchen; oyster bar will be along the front. Menu: chowders, raw oysters, raw mussels, some steamed oysters and clams, some casual food from Jersey Shore.

Bar: craft cocktail selection, white wines and champagne, a few taps, mostly local. Oyster stout made locally – Roundabout and/or Hop Farm. Upstairs bar as well with conservas, which are preserved appetizers from Portugal and Spain.

3 bathrooms onsite.

Recycling of oyster shells to an oyster conservation system. He will only be using farmed oysters, which will add to the oyster beds over time – Hudson or Chesapeake.

Wind power will be used for all energy; stormwater plantings outside; will compost to a local farm.

Facilitated Q & A

Mary: what will the capacity be?

Dennis: 58-person capacity. Mostly communal seating. Rocking chair lounge. Some outdoor seating.

Ron: parking is an issue for the whole neighborhood.

Dennis: Will be adding bike racks outside to encourage cycling.

Molly Stephany: many people are using ride share programs more than last year. 

Councilwoman Gross: It’s important that we watch rates of people using ride share and how it impacts parking; people from other neighborhoods are now relying on this to visit Lawrenceville more than they used to. Also we’re still waiting for dynamic pricing to come to Butler Street, based on demand, to keep some percentage of spaces open. Important to consider tweaking RPP when residential neighborhood are immediately adjacent to business districts.

Rob Stephany: is it a quick stop or destination dinner place?

Dennis: would like to see a mix, of some people stopping for a drink or a couple of oysters on their way elsewhere, some staying for a dinner.

Dave: Will it be kid-friendly?

Amber: Where will oysters be sourced from?

Dennis: only cold water oysters, Chesapeake and upwards, but no Canadian seafood. Some from France. They are shipped live. Samuel’s seafood in NY has a new hub in pittsburgh by the airport so they will come from there. Euclid Fish out of Cleveland will be used as well.

Resident: What will the hours be?

Dennis: Lunch at 11am, 11pm or 12pm Friday and Saturday, Sunday brunch only – 11am-6pm

Rob: Opening date?

Dennis: October 31 is the plan.

Resident: where will you advertise?

Dennis: I want to promote in the neighborhood firstly. Because there aren’t other oyster places in Pittsburgh, of course there will be people from all over the city.

Resident: What will the outdoor seating plan be?

Dennis: I just met with Public Works today to discuss. Sidewalk is extended in  bump out. Will add a couple tables down 42nd side. Trees and plants within bump out. 2 trees plus stormwater plants along 42nd, one tree on Butler.

Dave: how will waste be stored onsite?

Dennis: Containers in courtyard, not alleyway. Would like to use post office parking spaces. Has reached out but not gotten a response yet.

Mary: where will deliveries be made?

Dennis: Will push for Butler Street because it causes traffic issues.

Matt: delivery patterns should be discussed for all the surrounding restaurants as there are a lot of issues caused by constant deliveries on narrow streets.

Rob: how many employees?

Dennis: probably 15 total. 5-6 at a time. Many do live in Lawrenceville so won’t have to park anywhere.

Mary: employees taking breaks – where will they go?

Dennis: There’s a courtyard shared between several properties there.

Matt: break areas are a continued conversation with LC/employers as to where they should go.

Resident: plans for live music?

Dennis: no plans for it currently. Upstairs could be private dining room, which may host an acoustic guitar night. No plans for amplified sound.

Mary: Will there be a conditional license agreement attached?

Matt: LCB only recognizes it when the community opposes license. We can create a community agreement with Dennis but it would not have the enforcement capabilities that an official one would.

Followup Announcements

Matt: July 25 is the 6th Ward block watch – Burgh’ers at 3601 Butler.

Councilwoman Gross:  Met this week with the PA Secretary of Agriculture – growth in Lawrenceville spurs the local economy and workforce opportunities. Many people care about locally sourced-food and Lawrenceville is hosting an enormous amount of locally-owned businesses. 

Ron Deutsch: 4412 Butler project should be addressed soon.

Matt: They are coming to the next meeting. We have done many studies on parking and pushed locally for solutions.

Oliver: why can’t we install a parking garage?

Matt: They’re expensive; they cost an average of $18,000 per space. 

Dave: Contact LU if you have issues for follow up on this project.

Cory: Officer Wareham will be doing the 6th Ward Block Watch next week.

The Goldmark (formerly Salud)


A meeting was held at the Boys and Girls Club on May 13th for Adam Kulik and Nicole Billitto to present their plans for The Gold Mark (formerly Salud). The Gold Mark is a proposed bar that will serve traditional and craft beer and cocktails ($3-$10) along with a limited food menu of classic bar food ($4-$10). There will be 15 seats at the bar, some high-top and bench seating in the back of the space and 2 café tables on the sidewalk. The goal is to create a safe, comfortable neighborhood bar atmosphere, and the target clientele is local residents aged 25+. Entertainment will include DJs on the weekends, and the owners plan to install soundproofing in order to lessen the noise in the area. Patrons will be encouraged to park on Butler Street, and a doorman will be present on weekends. Limited renovations on the space are slated to begin at the end of May, and the owners expect to open by August 1st. Residents in attendance raised concerns with existing conditions regarding nighttime parking and noise.  LU will continue to work with LC to identify short and long term parking solutions, as well as work with business owners and public safety departments to address late night and early morning noise.

Below you will find a fact sheet with additional information about the project.

The Goldmark Info Sheet

The Vandal (4306 Butler St.)


Owners of the building 4306 Butler Street, Joe Hilty and Emily Slagel, are planning to open a casual dining restaurant there this summer. The restaurant will be open 11am – 10pm 6 days a week (closed Mondays) and will offer mid-price options like sandwiches ($8-10) and simple entrees ($12-18). Emily, who also owns Mid-Atlantic Mercantile at 4415 Butler St., is responsible for the interior design, while Joe plans to cook and run the day-to-day operations.

They are not currently pursuing any zoning changes or a liquor license, so no community process is required of them. However, they are considering applying for a liquor license within the next 1-2 years to add a small number of beer and wine options, which would initiate the responsible hospitality process involving opportunity for public comment.  The owners have made themselves available to residents with concerns about the restaurant’s impact on neighbors, so please contact LU in order to get in touch with them with any further questions.