Chef David Racicot has signed a lease to reopen Notion at 128 S. Highland Ave. in East Liberty, a 28-seat space on what’s shaping up as Pittsburgh’s restaurant row.
“Graceful and refined but not pretentious,” is how Mr. Racicot described the menu, which he hopes will open New Year’s Eve.
If he can pull it off, a New Year’s opening is a repeat performance of Notion’s debut in Oakmont, in 2010, the modernist Mecca that earned 3 1⁄2 stars from the Post-Gazette.
Mr. Racicot knew when he opened Notion he would likely have to move to a more central location. As a result, in January, he transformed the original space into a family-friendly Italian restaurant, 314 Pasta and Prime.
The reopening of Notion speaks to his goal to “push the city’s food scene forward.”
“We may only serve 20 people a night or 120 people a week,” he said. “Fewer people means we won’t have to compromise on anything.”