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Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop on Forbes Avenue.

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop brings Delaware subs to Pittsburgh

By Ananya Pathapadu, Staff Writer November 18, 2021
Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop now occupies half of the space that once was home to The O on Forbes Avenue. Capriotti’s started in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1976 and has since expanded to 12 states and more than 100 locations nationwide.
Wicked Pie opened in the William Pitt Union’s Schenley Cafe food court on Nov. 2.

Wicked Pie, PA Taco Co. open in WPU to mixed receptions

By Julia DiPietro, Staff Writer November 16, 2021
Wicked Pie and PA Taco Co. opened in the William Pitt Union’s food court on Nov. 2. Dining officials said the restaurants are founded on the idea of the “local” concept, which allows the establishments more creativity in their recipes and menu options.
Mad Mex’s Oakland location, located on Atwood Street, closed on Sunday because of short staff but will reopen next spring.

Oakland Mad Mex to close temporarily due to staff shortages

By Diana Velasquez, Culture Editor November 4, 2021
Mad Mex's Oakland location had its last night of business on Oct. 31 and will remain closed for business until the spring due to recent staff shortages.
Baby Loves Tacos Thunderdome opened a month ago on Meyran Avenue.

Baby Loves Tacos Thunderdome offers local art, music and tacos

By Sarah Demchak, Staff Writer October 26, 2021
Walking on Meyran Avenue, the hanging cantina lights and the bright, yellow lawn chairs outside make Baby Loves Tacos Thunderdome glow. Its decor inside combines to create a culture and community-focused space, according to owner Gary Musisko.
Gussy’s Bagels & Deli on Fifth Ave. offers a variety of homemade sandwiches and bagels, from pumpernickel to cinnamon raisin.

Gussy’s Bagels and Deli brings homemade bagels to Oakland

By Ebonee Rice-Nguyen, For The Pitt News October 19, 2021
Gussy’s Bagels and Deli is located at 3606 Fifth Ave., between Atwood Street and Meyran Avenue, and offers a variety of homemade bagels and sandwiches for customers to choose from, with a bright atmosphere championed by owner Scott Walton.
Uzima Smoothie Bar, located on Fifth Avenue, held its opening ceremony on Saturday.

Uzima smoothie bar focuses on a healthy diet and a healthy mind

By Julia DiPietro, Staff Writer October 17, 2021
Uzima Smoothie Bar offers more than a wide variety of smoothies, juices, acai bowls and health shots. They’re looking to align their food with mental wellness.
Joelle Sakr and her brother Elie Sakr are the owners of Divvy Coffee and Buns, a new coffee shop on Forbes Avenue.

Divvy Coffee & Buns brings flavors from around the world to Oakland

By Kaitlyn Nuebel, Staff Writer October 5, 2021
Joelle Sakr knew it was time to open a coffee shop when a sign came — a big explosion in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut. She started Divvy Coffee & Buns with her brother, working to launch a shop that stood out.
Apples are dumped into a hopper in the first step of the process that turns apples to cider at Soergel’s Orchards.

Soergel’s Orchards offers seasonal events, year-round products

By Grace Hemcher, Staff Writer October 5, 2021
Soergel’s Orchard — a family-run farm and country store — lies about 30 minutes northwest of Oakland. Its classic red barn, as well as the rows of pumpkins and apple trees waiting to be picked, transport visitors away from the hustle of city life.
Students dance to the band Karibe Son in front of the William Pitt Union on Saturday night at the annual Latin American and Caribbean Festival hosted by Pitt’s Center for Latin American Studies. The festival included live music, business stands and free tacos.

Latin American and Caribbean Festival takes over front of WPU

By Jessica McKenzie, Senior Staff Writer October 3, 2021
Pitt’s Center for Latin American Studies hosted its annual Latin American and Caribbean Festival on Saturday, offering live music, food raffles and vendors for students to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
While Oakland might be well known for its universities, it has more than just academics to offer, including museums, parks, shops and most notably — food, with a variety of chain and small-business restaurants on Forbes Avenue.

‘Melting pot’: Oakland restaurant scene evolves in recent years

By Anna Ligorio, Senior Staff Writer September 28, 2021
Looking down Forbes Avenue, Pitt students might be overwhelmed by the vast variety of dining options — but with an estimated $72 million in dining sales annually, it’s no surprise that these restaurants would want to come to Oakland.
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