Where to eat now (and soon) at Terminal in Pittsburgh’s Strip District

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PHOTO BY ED MASSERY.

FFrom its humble beginnings as a product distribution hub to its current role as a dining and entertainment complex, The Terminal in the Strip District is a historic dining destination.

Since 2014, real estate development company McCaffery transformed the old Pennsylvania Railroad Fruit and Auction Building into a modern center of commerce. So what’s open and what’s coming soon to the building, which spans five blocks along Smallman Street?

At present, buyers can head to The city grows buy plants, do a manicure at Envy Premier Nail Spastock up on handmade soaps at Everything homemade from Pip & Loladeparture at OnPar nowbrowse the stacks at Posman Books while enjoying an Oddfellows ice cream cone and burning the calories at [solidcore], StretchLab Where Walk Run Lift Studio.

The training facilities, which will soon include Mayweather Boxing & Fitnesspleasantly complete the culinary offer of the Terminal.

PrimoHoagies, a Philadelphia-based chain, is spreading brotherly love by opening several sandwich shops in the ‘Burgh. The Strip location at 1901 Smallman St. is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There, diners can get a variety of cheesesteaks, Italian classics and deli meats, meatless options, and house specialties like the Soprano: cracked peppercorn turkey, sharp provolone, and roasted red peppers on fresh bread.

Another fast food chain, Chipotle Mexican Grill, will open soon. If you’re a taco fan, The Terminal will host The Original Pittsburgh Taco Fest Sept. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

OddFellows Ice Cream Co., tucked away inside the bookstore at 1637 Smallman St., began as one man’s quest to satisfy his wife’s pregnancy cravings. Since 2013, Oddfellow’s resident dessert magician, Chef Sam Mason, has produced over 500 small-batch weird flavors and classic scoops. Now, in addition to its Brooklyn headquarters, Oddfellows has eight locations in the United States and Korea. Stock up on books before you suffer a brain freeze.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF ODDFELLOWS ICE CREAM CO.

A Asian food hall will take up much of the development, details of which will emerge in mid-September. Local chefs Mike Chen, of Everyday Noodles in Squirrel Hill, and Alex Tang, co-owner of East Liberty’s Mola, are curating the space, which will have seven restaurants represented with a central bar.

In addition to a Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store, which hosts free wine tastings every Thursday and Friday from 4-6 p.m., The Terminal will house several watered-down businesses. One of the fastest growing brands in the country, Virginia’s Aslin Beer Company, opens a 10,000 square foot bar in the mixed-use development in October. It will house a 10-barrel brewing system, cafe (Aslin also roasts its own coffee!), second-floor mezzanine, and patio. The brewing team takes a crash course in catering Scratch & Co. Cafe and Pub near Troy Hill.

When it opens in the spring of 2023, city ​​vineyard will be a place to drink wine, dine and see a live show. The venue will feature a full-service restaurant, 250 indoor and outdoor seating, and a stage equipped with a high-end Meyer Sound system. The company, which has hotspots in New York, Nashville, Atlanta and Boston, offers an exclusive wine tap system with its own varieties of vino served directly from stainless steel barrels.

To Puttshack, which will open in spring 2023, guests can play a round of high-tech miniature golf in an indoor environment that also houses a restaurant serving gourmet dishes, from globally-inspired appetizers and desserts to flatbreads, salads and sandwiches. There will also be a full-service bar with cocktails and mocktails as well as beer and wine.

Hieber Pharmacy is no stranger to the Strip. It first opened in the neighborhood in the 1860s before moving to Oakland. Now owned by Rosemary Mihalko, who bought the business in 2019, the institution’s Terminal site will feature an old-fashioned soda machine and sell pre-packaged snacks.

You don’t need to be a national chain or local institution to reserve a spot at the Terminal. The development introduces two Passageway pop-up shops, which will be located outside the 17th and 20th Street passageways. Carts will be rented monthly on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are now being accepted.

Smpassageway pop-up store

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE TERMINAL

McCaffery also owns 1600 little mana newly renovated office and retail building across from the Terminal. Balvaneraa 4,400 square foot brasserie offering Argentinian dishes, will open there in 2023.

If parking on the Strip makes you nervous, rest assured that there are 277 parking spaces available at the Terminal Parking Lot, which is located at 1600 Spruce Way and is open 24 hours a day. The parking garage at 1606 Smallman Street has 273 spaces and is open to the public on weekends and after 4 p.m. on weekdays. Paid parking in front of the terminal along Smallman Street is free on Sundays. The area is one stop on five different bus routes and, if you are a runner or cyclist, there is direct access to the complex from the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.

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