Revamped Bakery Square in Pittsburgh includes 4 new restaurants

TribLIVE’s Daily and Weekly email newsletters deliver the news you want and information you need, right to your inbox. Comfort food, Asian cuisine, fresh pasta and burgers will be cooked up at the new Bakery Square food hall, slated to open in May. Galley Bakery Square is being developed by […]

Comfort food, Asian cuisine, fresh pasta and burgers will be cooked up at the new Bakery Square food hall, slated to open in May.

Galley Bakery Square is being developed by the same company that launched Smallman Galley in Pittsburgh’s Strip District in 2015. The new East End location has been in the works since last summer, after Smallman Galley closed.

Galley Group announced the four restaurants to be located in the food hall: GG’s Cafe, Somi, City Fresh Pasta and Bubba’s.

Galley operates the “front end” of the food hall: the seating, central bar and waitstaff. The idea is to give budding chefs and restaurateurs a place to build their business.

The operators were chosen after a “call for chefs” process, Galley CEO Chad Ellingboe said in an email.

“We are always looking to provide a good balance between the four kitchens to continue to be a destination that is good for groups and ensure there is something for everyone,” he wrote.

GG’s, operated by sisters Meredith and Christine Galloway, will specialize in classic comfort foods. Roasted chicken and ribs will anchor the menu.

It will also offer cakes and dessert items from their initial business, Sugar x Butter.

Somi, operated by Hoa Le, will offer Asian cuisine that blends Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean and Hawaiian food. Le also operated Shaka in Federal Galley in Nova Place on the North Side, another food hall operated by Galley Group.

City Fresh Pasta previously operated from a food truck. Run by Eric Earnest, it will offer fresh pasta dishes, including a popular Buffalo chicken cheddar gnocchi, Earnest said.

Bubba’s, operated by Bubba Snider, offers burgers that blend New York strip, ribeye, sirloin and brisket into what Snider calls “the best burger you’ve ever eaten.”

The food hall will be two stories, with indoor and outdoor seating, and a mezzanine overlooking the Bakery Square courtyard.

For the Galloways, the move will mark a homecoming as they grew up in nearby Point Breeze and still live in the area. They remember the neighborhood before it was redeveloped over the last decade and transformed into the Bakery Square complex by Walnut Capital, at the borders of the East Liberty, Larimer and Shadyside neighborhoods.

“We’re really excited about it,” Meredith Galloway said.

The Bakery Square location will have seating for 150 inside and 75 on a patio and a lounge area, Ellingboe said.

“We are excited to bring the fun, upbeat vibe of Federal Galley while still maintaining some of the charm and warmth of Smallman Galley to the neighborhood,” he said. “We’ve spent time planning for updated ordering software, booth dividers, operable windows and ventilation systems that kept covid in mind.”

Tom Davidson is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tom at 724-226-4715, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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