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An out-of-town restaurant group will open a huge fried-chicken-and-beer hall Downtown

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette logo Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 4/9/2019 By Melissa McCart / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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The Eagle has (almost) landed.

The Cincinnati-based restaurant — a fried chicken food and beer hall — signed a lease to occupy 6,000 square feet of retail space Downtown at Eighth & Penn, the branding for the location under construction. It’s a joint project between Trek Development Group and Q Development. 

“This was a big one for us,” Bill Gatti, Trek president, said about signing this particular tenant. The restaurant is on track to open in October or November. 

The restaurant is a sibling to Bakersfield, also Downtown, from the Thunderdome Restaurant Group. It’s the fifth location, with the original opening in its home city in 2013, followed by restaurants in Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis and Louisville, Ky.

When The Eagle debuted in Cincinnati, that city’s press praised it for filling the Southern-fare niche with a menu dominated by fried chicken, with sides like sausage and kale dip, pickled vegetables, spoonbread, succotash and biscuits. Chicken-centric sandwiches are also in the mix, as well as a bacon and egg salad and the Southern stew, burgoo.

The restaurant will join a few other fried chicken-focused spots around Pittsburgh, such as the fast-casual CHiKN in Oakland and Bird on the Run in East Liberty. More similar in terms of size, there’s Coop de Ville from Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group, on track to open as a counter-service spot in the former Marty’s Market in the Strip District.

The Eagle is the anchor of 10,000 square feet allocated for retail in the Downtown development, with two other spaces still up for grabs. A market-rate, 135-unit apartment complex in the project is on track to open in July. The development incorporates two vacant historic eight-story buildings, as well as a new 11-story addition, to house the apartments. One, the McNally building at 711 Penn, was built in 1896 and the second, at 713 Penn, dates to 1893. The copper-clad addition has been named the Jewel Box.

Mr. Gatti says developers remain in talks with a few other restaurants for the 2,500-square-foot space in the McNally building and the 1,500-square-foot space in the Jewel Box.

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