Restaurant chain to make healthy Pittsburgh debut benefiting shelter

A Syracuse-based restaurant chain built around healthy eating will enter the Pittsburgh market with a charity effort for a local shelter.

CoreLife Eatery doesn’t officially open its McKnight Road location until Friday. However, on Thursday it will hold a special “Pay What You Want” day with all of the proceeds going to the North Side-based Light of Life Rescue Mission.


CoreLife focuses on dishes made with sustainably raised meats and fresh ingredients served in a fast, casual manner.

“Customers have been trained to believe that healthy food cannot taste good, but we are debunking that myth,” said CoreLife partner Todd Mansfield.

The chain is only about two years old but already has more than a dozen locations across the U.S., with more close to opening. The company expects to have 300 locations nationwide by 2022.

The Thursday event, held from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., allows customers to pay whatever they like for their meals.