Restaurateurs are still betting on burgers in the Pittsburgh market: Bill's Bar & Burger
will open mid-April in the Westin Convention Center Hotel, Downtown. It's the first location outside of the New York-New Jersey area.
Bill's Bar & Burger comes here via BR Guest Hospitality
, the restaurant group behind Blue Water Grill in Union Square in Manhattan and Isabella's Uptown and Dos Caminos in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and several New York locations. This is the group's first venture into the Pittsburgh market.
Ivy Stark has been the corporate chef for the company for the past 12 years and Clare Lise will be the local chef. Ms. Lise had been the executive chef at Diamond Market Bar & Grill in Market Square. In addition to burgers such as those on this menu
, there will be a sushi bar run by a chef from the Original Fish Market, which closed in the Westin in November.
A few years ago, inimitable food writer Josh Ozersky -- James Beard award-winner
, author of "The Hamburger: A History"
said this about the Fat Cat burger on Bill's Bar & Burger menu in 2013
: "Two crispy, greasy patties of rich Pat LaFrieda meat, cheesed, topped with caramelized onions and butter and served on a toasted English muffin: This sandwich isn't technically a burger, and nobody goes to Bill's for authenticity or atmosphere, but I don't care. It's the only burger in America I like that doesn't come on an enriched bun."Bill's Bar & Burger website photo