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Chef-restaurateur busy with 5 Pittsburgh eateries

By Kaitlyn Costanzo, Point Park News Service: Brian Pekarcik isn’t slowing down, with his restaurants that is. Pekarcik, 39, co-owner and head chef of five restaurants – Spoon, Grit & Grace, Willow and two BRGR locations — in Pittsburgh, said he is always looking to evolve and grow with his businesses. The quirky and energetic chef shares his original career plans,... Read More

Couple enchants with handmade Christmas display

  By Phillip Poupore, Point Park News Service: In 1988, James Buzard built his first Christmas display in his Zelienople, Butler County, front yard: a small box display that showcased a model living room complete with Mr. and Mrs. Claus sitting in rocking chairs. As time wore on, Buzard added 11 more displays that included scenes such as Santa standing in a... Read More

Company dazzles Zelienople with holiday lights display

By Phillip Poupore, Point Park News Service: Back in the 1930s, the employees at Universal Manufacturing in Zelienople started a holiday tradition by adorning one of their custom scaffolds with Christmas lights. The magical production then went away for many years until 1997 when an employee of the long-standing company found old photos of the display and revived the idea.... Read More

Brew Gentlemen look to expand beyond Braddock

By Drew Frichtel, Point Park News Service: Two young entrepreneurs developed an adventurous mission to create craft beer while still attending Carnegie Mellon University. They acted on their dream, developed a Kickstarter campaign that yielded more than $32,000 and found unlikely support from Braddock’s mayor. Now, they are one catalyst for the re-birth of a former steel town. “What do you say... Read More

Brothers bring authentic Mexican food to Pittsburgh

By Don Noel Ranasinghe, Point Park News Service: Mevan Dissanayake picked up a soft-shell taco covered in hot salsa. Without any hesitation, he took a bite from it as the salsa and pieces of pork carnitas fell off the taco onto the plate. “Oh, man. This is delicious, so much flavor in one bite,” Dissanayake said with a mouthful. Dissanayake was... Read More

John the Craftist puts Pittsburghese on paper

By Sara Payne, Point Park News Service: When routine oral surgery turned into never-ending pain and a diagnosis of atypical trigeminal neuralgia in May of 2010, Alethea Okonak had never felt more isolated. But she found hope just outside in her mailbox. “It really meant something when I would go to get the mail, and it was a ton of... Read More