PITTSBURGH — The owners of Burgatory are preparing to replace the closed Bar Louie restaurant at the Waterfront with their debut of Shorty’s Tap x Taco, joining three other specialty retail newcomers to the development.
An announcement by Chicago-based M&J Wilkow Ltd., an owner of the Homestead complex, calls Shorty’s a “retro-tainment taco bar concept.” It is expected to open this summer in what might be the most visible vacancy at the Waterfront, where Bar Louie had long operated as one of the original tenants of the shopping destination across from the movie theater.
The other newcomers at the Waterfront are:
- Boards & Baskets, a “Charcuterie Deli” by the owners of locally based Fudge Farm, that will offer traditional charcuterie boards and gift baskets along with serving a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu in a space under construction across from the Improv.
- Shoe Fly, the new owner of Gordon’s Shoes affiliated with long-time Pittsburgh retailer Wagner Quality Shoes, which will rebrand the current store next to Barnes & Noble. The new owners of Gordon’s also signed a new 10-year lease at the Waterfront.
- The same ownership is behind Appalachian Running Co., or AppRunCo, which is opening its third location in the former New Balance Pittsburgh store, next to the GNC store at the Waterfront. The Shoe Fly spin off specializes in running shoes and carries such brands as Hoka, Brooks and New Balance, among others.
All four of the newcomers are expected to open this summer.
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