This week, the construction fences were installed, and work is now underway to construct a brand-new restaurant at Schenley Plaza! We’re expecting that by the end of 2011, visitors to the park will have a year-round dining option open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant is a key component of the original vision and business model for Schenley Plaza, and is vital to maintaining the Plaza’s operations at their current level–from the beautiful lawn and gardens to the PNC Carousel to year-round security and lighting, not to mention the hundreds of free public programs offered each year.
We’ve gotten a lot of questions about this project (see our previous entry here), so we thought we’d post an FAQ below.
Will this be an Eat ‘n Park or a different restaurant?
It will not be an Eat ‘n Park restaurant. The Eat ‘n Park Hospitality Group designed a concept restaurant specifically for Schenley Plaza. The design, menu and all other aspects of the restaurant will be unique to this location. The name is currently under consideration.
What kinds of foods will be served?
The menu will feature freshly prepared American cuisine.
Will there be breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
Yes, all three meals will be available. In keeping with the nature of the Plaza and surrounding businesses and universities, breakfast and lunch will be quick and freshly made. A walk-up, carry-out window will increase convenience. Dinner will include table and bar service.
Will it be open all year?
Yes. Unlike the four existing kiosks, which operate seasonally, the restaurant will serve Oakland year-round.
Will the four food kiosks remain open?
Yes. We are pleased that the kiosks will remain open to provide our visitors with a variety of options.
Will the restaurant take over any of the lawn?
No. The design of the Plaza allowed for a restaurant on the open area between the kiosks and the Hillman Library. The Emerald Lawn will be untouched, even during construction.
What will the design be like?
The design for the one-story restaurant, which has been approved by the Pittsburgh Art Commission, will incorporate the latest in green technology. We’re working with WD Partners of Dublin, Ohio, and BRIDGES general contractors in Pittsburgh to construct a building that blends into the greenery of Schenley Plaza and offers a wonderful new amenity to the visitors who use the park each day.
We will keep you posted as work on Schenley Plaza’s newest amenity progresses.