Tuesday, June 26, 2012

TOP-News: New French Restaurant to open in South Side

We received the following press release this afternoon with news about a new French restaurant coming to town.  The space adjacent to the Holiday Inn on 10th Street in the South Side has changed hands many times over the past few years, but this one sounds pretty darn good!

French-Inspired Brasserie Coming to South Side

Patio to Open in July; Grand Opening Slated for September

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (June 26, 2012) - A new, French-inspired brasserie will begin taking shape this July in the space next to the Holiday Inn Express and Suites on S. 10th St. on the South Side. Owner Dave DeSimone, a well-known wine writer and radio host, says Bridge Ten Brasserie will take over the space and open the bar and patio to guests in July. After completing changes in the main dining room over the summer, the fully renovated space will have a grand opening in early September.

With 4,000 sq. ft. inside and an adjacent patio, DeSimone plans to create a classic French brasserie and bar with a welcoming outdoor “terrasse.”

The architectural firm Edge Studio will provide design services and Guardian Construction Management Services will oversee the renovations. Expected seating at capacity will be about 125 with additional seating on the patio.

“Pittsburghers and out of town guests will find a relaxed, yet upscale authentic brasserie with professional service and a menu specializing in French classics,” DeSimone said. “We will also feature a fun selection of French regional wines exclusive to Bridge Ten Brasserie as well as French beers and ciders on tap and in bottles.”

Chef Shawn Carlson, a Pennsylvania Institute of CulinaryArts graduate and former Executive Chef for Toni Pais, owner of the former Baum Vivant in Shadyside, will be Bridge Ten Brasserie’s Executive Chef.

The French-born David Cesaro will handle the Maître D’s role. Cesaro trained in Switzerland before working at Le Bernardin in New York City. He also owned the acclaimed French bistro, L’Ardoise in New York.

In keeping with its theme of “Flavors of France,” each month Bridge Ten Brasserie plans to offer special menu items and prix fixe dinners featuring French regional food, wine, beer and spirits. September’s menu will highlight Provence.

“We have a talented and highly experienced team in place. Our vision is to provide a taste of France not just for travelers but folksliving in the South Side, Downtown, and the East End and for anybody who wants the authentic and fun French brasserie experience,” said DeSimone.

 Lunch time guests will enjoy complimentary parking in a secure lot behind the hotel. Evening guests will have access to valet parking when the main dining room opens in September.

Bridge Ten Brasserie will operate independently of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. Find more information about the renovation plans, summer patio opening and menus by following Bridge Ten Brasserie on Twitter (@bridge_ten), Facebook (www.facebook.com/bridgeten) or signing up for its monthly newsletter via www.bridgeten.com.

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