Pittsburgh Lunch and Superette, the Pioneer Square cafe and corner store that owner Una Kim tagged in about a year ago for her previous venture, the Faerie Queen, has been closed to retail customers and diners since December, and despite the company’s promises to return, the shutter is starting to look permanent.
A Facebook post from late December 2017 said Pittsburgh would be closed for restaurant service until February 2018, but would continue to offer catering and private party rental until then. The restaurant’s answering machine says the same thing today and asks customers to leave a message; the company did not immediately respond to a voicemail requesting comment. The website, meanwhile, repeats that Pittsburgh is available for catering and private parties but gives a slightly different timeline: “We are currently closed for regular restaurant service until March 2018.” The last sign of life on social media was a Facebook post on February 2 about a butchery class by Butchery 101’s Kristina Glinoga February 4.
When Kim pivoted from the Faerie Queen to Pittsburgh Lunch and Superette in February 2017, she hoped her updated takes on classic soups, salads, and sandwiches would cater to as many diners as possible, especially the lunch crowd, the weekday breakfast crowd, and the grab-and-go crowd headed for the nearby ferries. She also wanted to appeal to the neighborhood’s residents with access to fresh produce, quality pantry staples, and essential household items, hence the “Superette” portion of the name. Did that concept prove untenable in the fluctuating neighborhood, or is this simply an extended seasonal hiatus?