A new restaurant from the Richard DeShantz Cafe Group is slated to open late this month. It is referred to as Sally Ann’s, and it’s in the Downtown area previously occupied by Pork and Beans, which had been shuttered considering that the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Jamilka Borges, formerly of Independent Brewing Firm, Spoon and Bar Marco, is the restaurant’s executive chef.
Whilst the thought has been in the functions due to the fact last yr, the details of what type of cafe it will be weren’t thoroughly fleshed out until finally DeShantz brought Borges on board.
“Rick and I have been friends for several many years. It’s normally been on the again of our minds that we should really do something together. But there hadn’t been anything that made feeling in the very long term,” Borges says. “We started off conversing all over again around the winter season. I invited him to help me at this gig in California a couple months in the past. Doing the job difficult on it collectively was magnificent and it established factors in motion for me to be part of this cafe.”
Borges’ menu will be vegetable-ahead, with a important portion of the offerings committed to vegetarian and vegan dishes these types of as carrot pierogi with vegan sausage, broccoli tostada, Rancho Gordo bean salad and cauliflower cubanos.
“We shed a lot of good vegan and vegetarian places to eat not long ago, so I want to incorporate back to that factor and give a great deal of solutions,” Borges states.
Followers of the Pork & Beans smoker won’t be still left in the dust, even so, as house-designed pastrami will share menu area with other meaty dishes these as fried bologna sandwiches and roast beef. Borges will also give a variety of soups and salads on Sally Ann’s menu.
Here’s some good news for Downtown staff and other early birds: the cafe will open at 7 a.m. with a whole-provider espresso bar and a limited breakfast menu that incorporates all the dishes provided at DeShantz’s Strip District Establishment, Coop de Ville, as very well as smoothies, fresh-pressed juices, breakfast sandwiches and quiches.
“I enjoy operating brunch, and which is heading to be a significant point on the weekends,” Borges claims, noting an expanded weekend daytime menu that will include things like hand pies, sandwiches and more.
Seem for the restaurant’s beverage plan to replicate the light and inviting layout on the space with a aim on effortless-consuming spritzers and normal wines.
DeShantz named the cafe as an homage to his mom, Sally Ann DeShantz, who passed absent in November 2020. Henderlong says a part of the proceeds from the cafe will be devoted to a charity foundation in honor of his mother. The particulars of these specifics are continue to forthcoming.
As for the two RDRG principles that continue to be unopened, Butcher & The Rye (just down Sixth Road from the new Sally Ann’s) and Fish nor Fowl in Garfield, all those areas are continue to in limbo. “We are performing tough in the direction of creating a personnel to be ready to open up those areas. And even though they are shut we are performing on some significantly-needed renovations for the space,” states Casey Henderlong, the cafe group’s director of functions and community relation, introducing that Butcher very likely will open up afterwards this calendar year.
Sally Ann’s will open the last 7 days of Could.
136 Sixth St., Downtown instagram.com/sallyannspgh