August 1, 2021


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The Eagle lands in Pittsburgh: Fried chicken restaurant set to open up

Fried rooster is the specialty at Downtown Pittsburgh’s newest cafe.

The Eagle Food stuff & Beer Hall phone calls its major dish “cage-no cost all-purely natural hen.”

“Our target is fried rooster,” claimed co-founder Joe Lanni. His Cincinnati-based mostly Thunderdome Restaurant Team owns The Eagle.

The restaurant is situated on Penn Avenue. The identify will come from a former publish workplace — transformed into a cafe — in Cincinnati

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A n eagle style and design inside The Eagle Foodstuff & Beer Hall in Downtown Pittsburgh.


Thunderdome selected Pittsburgh because it has one more institution close by, Bakersfield Tacos at 940 Penn Ave., which opened in 2016.

“We felt so a lot like from the town immediately after opening Bakersfield, and we constantly knew we wanted to provide a next notion to the space,” Lanni mentioned. “Pittsburgh is a concealed gem. It has so many fantastic neighborhoods. This town has so a great deal character.”

The Eagle can seat up to 160 persons in its area.


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A panoramic check out from the personal bash mezzanine at The Eagle Foodstuff & Beer Hall in Downtown Pittsburgh.


This is the sixth site. Other folks are in Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, Louisville and Charlotte.

Design began at the conclusion of 2019. It was prepared to open up previous March but was stalled mainly because of the pandemic. Thunderdome furloughed 1,300 workforce but has brought most of them again as the firm reopens restaurants. Thunderdome has 44 destinations nationwide.

This a single will utilize 75 people today. They are using the services of, Lanni mentioned, and will open up this 7 days.


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One particular of the facet dishes at The Eagle Foods and Beer Corridor in Downtown Pittsburgh is macaroni and cheese —made with 5 cheeses and garlic breadcrumbs.


The menu gives complete or 50 % chickens or a quarter of of white or dim meat as nicely as sandwiches and salads. Southern-influenced sides this kind of include collards, succotash, horseradish mashed potatoes, spoonbread (iron skillet cornbread with maple butter), sweet potato crock (with toasted mini marshmallows), 4-cheese macaroni and cheese and white cheddar grits.

“The Eagle is the blend of home-fashion foodstuff, a lively vibe, and a home-occasion experience,” stated Tony Dornbusch, director of food stuff and beverage for Thunderdome.

The design team developed an open structure and utilised a lot of reclaimed wood for a rustic truly feel, said Lanni. The island bar is the centre of the cafe, Lanni explained.

There will be bottled beer, 14 brews on tap (rotating as a result of the year), one cider and a person non-alcoholic root beer as very well as cocktails, wine and glowing beverages.

Attendees will listen to a blues-major audio track.

Windows can be opened to make the really feel of an outside space. There is extra outdoors seating.

The location is central to the conference heart, the cultural district, sporting venues and offices (for when people return to function), Lanni mentioned.

Dine-in company is accessible. The Eagle will also offer on-line ordering, carryout and shipping and delivery.

“We’ve made it to be the suitable house to dangle out, share a beer or a cocktail and a terrific food with spouse and children and good friends,” Lanni claimed. “We want to be part of the Pittsburgh group.”

The Eagle’s fried chicken has been named by the Travel Channel as a single of the “10 Most Hype-worthy Fried Hen Dining establishments.”

“We’re bringing the chicken to Pittsburgh, but delivering the similar unmatched assistance, fun atmosphere and great eating practical experience that Pittsburgh has currently arrive to know and enjoy at Bakersfield,” says Alex Blust, co-founder of Thunderdome in a statement. “I graduated in 1999 from the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts, and it is such a personal pleasure for me to be back again in Pittsburgh to open up a second idea.”

The Eagle is positioned at 737 Penn Ave., Downtown

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Critique personnel author. You can call JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or by using Twitter .

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