In 2013, Tender Bar and Kitchen opened their doors on the Butler Street corridor in Lawrenceville to a great deal of excitement.
On April 22, 2017 though, they will officially close their doors to much less fanfare.
Back in 2013, Tender Bar and Kitchen owner Jeff Catalina and developer Brian Mendelssohn renovated the old Arsenal Bank building and brought the vacant property back to life. And with a massive 25-by-12-foot walnut and glass backbar, they created one of the most creative cocktail bars in the city.
“We’re proud of that. I think we’ve had a tremendous amount of success — I’m biased but we are the best cocktail bar in Pittsburgh,” Catalina said. “I’m proud of our concept and of the talent brought in to be part of the Tender family. We’ll hang our hats on that.”
In 2015, Pittsburgh Post Gazette named Tender Bar and Kitchen Pittsburgh’s 10th best looking bar.
Unfortunately the recent boom of restaurants and bars in Pittsburgh has made competition increasingly high, which caused Tender Bar and Kitchen to announce their closing later this month.
“It’s great to have been at least a small part of the continued revitalization of Lawrenceville,” Catalina said. “It’s great to have been a part of that story and we are very interested in making sure there is another strong concept and tenant to fill that space.”
Catalina also thanked all past patrons and encouraged everyone to join them for their last month of business.
“The owners, management and staff of Tender couldn’t be more proud to have been recognized as Pittsburgh’s premier cocktail bar the past four years. We love this concept we’ve brought to life, and we thank you, our guests and fans, for all your support and patronage over the years.”
“We want go out with a bang,” he said. “We have nearly a month for our fans to come by and enjoy the place, until we’re ready to polish last that last glass.”