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By Ashlee Green

Photo: Emily Leone for The Northside Chronicle

The Park House

After 17 years in the Northside, The Park House will be closing its doors permanently at the end of December 2020. “It is simply time for me to take my falafels and hummus… and move on to another adventure!,” Owner Zamir Zahavi wrote in a farewell message addressed to “Park House Patrons, Musicians, Bartenders, and Friends” on Facebook. “As local comic Ed Bailey once said, ‘…We made The Park House the only bar on East Ohio Street that didn’t belong on East Ohio Street!” The Park House will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. for dine-in and takeout through the end of December.

City Fresh Pasta Cafe & Truck

Located at 1501 Preble Ave. in the former Chateau Café and Coffee, the City Fresh Pasta (CFP) Cafe began serving breakfast and lunch options in November. Guests can choose from muffin, bagel, and pretzel “sammiches” to buffalo chicken cheddar gnocchi, and meatball hoagies. CFP also has a food truck: Check out the CFP Facebook page each week to find out its location and hours of operation. Online ordering and delivery is available. The Cafe is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The City Fresh Pasta Truck: Find out where it’ll be each week on the CFP Facebook page. Photo courtesy of CFP

The Garden Café

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to permanently shutter small businesses, it also opens up opportunities for new ones to start up: The Garden Café, located in the former Kaffeehaus Café space, is an example. Owner Gayle Pazerski focuses on sourcing from local vendors like La Prima for custom roast coffees and 350° Bakery for spinach artichoke and sausage, egg, and cheddar hand pies to add to the Café’s own homemade menu. On the corner of Chestnut Street and East North Avenue in East Deutschtown, it’s now open for walk-up window service.

Bacon, cheese, and chive savory scones from The Garden Café. Photo courtesy of The Garden Café

Istanbul Corner

Just opened in November, Istanbul Corner on the corner of East Ohio and Middle Streets in Historic Deutschtown, serves buffet-style Turkish food, now available for takeout. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. Open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.*

The Nest 

This children’s boutique will open its doors with a week-long grand opening celebration from Nov. 23 to Dec. 1, 2020. A project of Women’s Choice Network (WCN), an organization for single women facing unexpected pregnancies, The Nest features nearly new clothing and furnishings made with infants and children up to size 7 in mind. All proceeds from sales at The Nest go toward WCN’s Life Support program, where single mothers can earn store merchandise by taking part in pre- and post-natal care. Located right next to WCN at 425 East Ohio St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15212.

Mana Boardgame Tavern

The last day of operation for Mana Boardgame Tavern, which opened just last fall at 919 Western Avenue in Allegheny West, will be Saturday, Dec. 19. Then, the business will close permanently. Owners Shannon and Vince Ebbitt cite the COVID-19 pandemic for the closure.

Fig & Ash 

The grand opening of this dining room, bar, kitchen, and courtyard finally opened this fall with appetizers including root vegetable gratin, barley risotto, and Berkshire pork belly; and main courses including smoked jackfruit, sea scallops, and braised Jamison Farm lamb shoulder. Beer, wine and house-made cocktails are also available, and the new winter cocktail menu will launch on Nov. 27. Dinner service is now offered Tuesday through Saturday and reservations can be made on the restaurant’s website.

*Editor’s note 11/19/2020: Business hours have been corrected. We regret the error.

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