Residents of East Liberty will have to find a new place to get all of their barbecue favorites. A local favorite, Union Pig & Chicken, has officially closed the 220 N. Highland Ave. location.
The closing was announced in November through an Instagram post by the restaurant:
“We moved into this building five years ago. East Liberty, then, was home to a vibrant stretch of shops & culture along Penn Avenue, a Target in one corner and a Whole Foods in the other, and little else in between but promises of a neighborhood on the verge of a rebirth.
We’ve seen Shadow Lounge sadly depart, The Shop in East Liberty and Station Street Hot Dogs come & go, The Livermore and our own Harvard & Highland evolve. We’ve watched high rises come down and hotels go up, we’ve grinned through the bear-it days of closed streets and severed power lines and lost sidewalks that are the hallmark growing pains of growth of a place. East Liberty has been our home, and it has sprouted and branched and spread all around us, and it has been really cool to be a part of it all. We have had so much fun here.
After our half decade on this corner, however, it’s time for more change. For myriad reasons both large and small, we will not be renewing our lease at 220 North Highland. We’ll be announcing future plans & more information in the coming days, but for now, come on in for some poutine & Banh Mi. Graffiti our bathrooms, bitch about the starkly decorated dining room, wash it all down with a beer, and enjoy some more good times in the place where it all began. “
At this point Union Pig & Chicken has not released plans for the future, but a different location in Pittsburgh is certainly not out of the cards. They won Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2016 Readers’ Poll for the Best Barbecue in the city, which marked the 5th year in row that they’ve won the award. So they certainly have a following.