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Fried chicken is the specialty of the newest restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh.

Eagle Food & Beer Hall calls their main course “All Natural Chicken Without Cage”.

“Our focus is fried chicken,” said co-founder Joe Lanni. Its Cincinnati-based Thunderdome restaurant group owns The Eagle.

The restaurant is located on Penn Avenue. The name comes from a former post office – turned into a restaurant – in Cincinnati

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An eagle design inside the Eagle Food & Beer Hall in downtown Pittsburgh.

Thunderdome chose Pittsburgh because it has another location nearby, Bakersfield Tacos at 940 Penn Ave., which opened in 2016.

“We felt so much love from the city after Bakersfield opened, and we always knew we wanted to bring a second concept to the area,” said Lanni. “Pittsburgh is a hidden gem. There are so many great neighborhoods. This city has so much character.

The Eagle can accommodate up to 160 people in its space.

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A panoramic view from the private party mezzanine at Eagle Food & Beer Hall in downtown Pittsburgh.

This is the sixth location. Others are in Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, Louisville and Charlotte.

Construction began at the end of 2019. It was scheduled to open last March but was blocked due to the pandemic. Thunderdome laid off 1,300 employees but brought back most of them as the company reopens restaurants. Thunderdome has 44 locations nationwide.

This will employ 75 people. They are hiring, Lanni said, and will open this week.

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One of the side dishes at Eagle Food and Beer Hall in downtown Pittsburgh is mac and cheese, made with five cheeses and garlic bread crumbs.

The menu offers whole or half chickens or a quarter of white or dark meat as well as sandwiches and salads. Southern-inspired sides include cabbage, succotash, horseradish mashed potatoes, spatula (pan-fried cornbread with maple butter), sweet potato slow cooker (with toasted mini marshmallows ), macaroni and cheese and cheese and white cheddar oatmeal.

“The Eagle is the combination of home cooking, a lively vibe and a party vibe at home,” said Tony Dornbusch, director of food and beverage for Thunderdome.

The design team created an open layout and used lots of reclaimed wood for a rustic feel, Lanni said. The island bar is the center of the restaurant, Lanni said.

There will be bottled beer, 14 draft beers (rotating throughout the year), non-alcoholic cider and root beer as well as cocktails, wine and sparkling drinks.

Guests will hear a blues soundtrack.

Windows can be opened to create the feel of an outdoor space. There are additional seats outside.

The area is at the heart of the convention center, cultural district, sports venues and offices (for the return to work), Lanni said.

A catering service is available. The Eagle will also offer ordering, delivery and delivery online.

“We designed it to be the perfect space to relax, share a beer or a cocktail and a good meal with family and friends,” said Lanni. “We want to be part of the Pittsburgh community. ”

Eagle’s Fried Chicken has been named by Travel Channel as one of the “10 Hottest Fried Chicken Restaurants“.

“We’re bringing the bird to Pittsburgh, but delivering the same unmatched service, fun atmosphere and dining experience that Pittsburgh has come to know and love in Bakersfield before,” said Alex Blust, co-founder of Thunderdome. in a press release. “I graduated in 1999 from the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts, and it’s a personal pleasure for me to be back in Pittsburgh to open a second concept.

The Eagle is located at 737 Penn Ave., Downtown

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is the editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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