By Sara Payne, Point Park News Service:
Rick Sebak is known as the creator of the scrapbook documentary. He was making lists of interesting things about Pittsburgh before the Internet made it cool. As we are inundated with list upon list of Pittsburgh landmarks, the Point Park News Service wanted to find out some places that might not be making Buzzfeed anytime soon, and what better place to find those places than right off the top of Rick Sebak’s head.
Yetters Candies, Millvale
Yetters Candies, at 504 Grant Ave., touts homemade candy including local favorites peanut clusters and turtles among others. Sebak describes the shop as “old-fashioned” where the chocolate is made right in the back room. Customers also can enjoy milkshakes at a soda fountain counter complete with swivel stools. With deli meats and cheese among other items, what could this place possibly be missing?
Grant Bar, Millvale
Sebak describes Grant Bar, at 114 Grant Ave., as an “old-school Pittsburgh place.” The bar recently celebrated its 80th birthday as it’s been serving the neighborhood since 1933. Customers say the service is friendly, and the waitresses have worked there for decades.
Emil’s Lounge, Rankin
Despite a visit from celebrity foodie Andrew Zimmern, Emil’s Lounge, at 414 Hawkins Ave., remains off-the-beaten path for many born and raised Pittsburghers, Sebak says. Listed on a “Bizzare Foods” Pittsburgh travel guide, Emil’s is known to serve up hearty food that was popular with Eastern European workers during the region’s steel boom.
‘Fountain of Youth,’ North Park
While Jesse Tuck (remember “Tuck Everlasting”?) isn’t roaming the county park, some used to think a natural spring labeled the “Fountain of Youth” could be found along Kummer Road. “Somebody thought it was a natural spring, but it turned out to be a busted pipe,” Sebak said. After a golf course fixed leaks in an irrigation system, the “spring” dried up. An archway stills bears the words “Fountain of Youth.”
Game Preserve, South Park
“I don’t think many people know this, but you can go see buffalo any day of the week,” Sebak said. Bison have roamed the South Park Game Preserve, off Sesqui Drive, for more than 85 years. A herd of 18 were brought to South Park in 1927.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Emil’s Lounge is located in Braddock. Emil’s is located in Rankin. PPNS regrets this error — especially given traditional community rivalries.