PITTSBURGH, Pa. (September 4, 2012) – After two months of renovations and developing menus, Bridge Ten Brasserie celebrates its grand opening on Monday, September 10. The beautifully renovated space next to the Holiday Inn Express on Pittsburgh’s South Side features a full French brasserie menu including sophisticated and fun wines, beers, spirits and cocktails.
Owner and well-known wine writer and radio host David DeSimone and his collaborators offer Bridge Ten Brasserie as a classic French brasserie and bar with a welcoming outdoor “terrasse.” Capacity includes 60 seats in the main dining room, a 30-seat private dining room, a full 30-seat bar and outdoor seating for 40.
Guardian Construction Management Services oversaw the two-month renovation project and Edge Studio provided architectural support. Renovations include a completely renovated main dining area with brasserie-style mirrors and lighting as well as original artwork by French photographer Bertrand Celce, local Pittsburgh photographer, Hilary Robinson and other original artwork selected by Michael Hertrich of La Fond Galleries on the South Side.
“We were delighted to welcome the many guests who joined us for the “soft” opening during renovations,” said DeSimone, who holds certification as a French Wine Scholar from the Washington, D.C.-based French Wine Society. “Their enthusiasm confirms our belief that Pittsburghers are eager to enjoy authentic French food and drinks.
“We are excited now to invite Pittsburghers and visitors alike to enjoy our full menu in our upscale, yet relaxed and comfortable ambiance,” he adds. “We want to transport our guests to France by simply paying us a visit on the South Side.”
Bridge Ten Brasserie accepts reservations via its website (www.bridgeten.com) using Open Table and by telephone (412-586-5033) for individuals, groups and private parties for happy hours, business meetings and family gatherings. Gift cards are also now available.
The “Flavors of France” menu, expanded for the grand opening, features classic brasserie appetizers such as escargots, steak tartare and soups along with main courses such as steamed mussels, duck breast with black cherry sauce, coq au vin, steak frites, bouillabaisse, pork crêpes and grilled quail. The French cheese and dessert options have expanded to include flaming Crêpes Suzette au Grand Marnier served tableside. The expanded drinks list adds excellent values on “premium” wines from Burgundy and the Rhône Valley and brandies from Cognac, Armagnac and Calvados.
Guests can explore different regions of France through food and drink with Bridge Ten’s featured prix fixe menus, which will change monthly. The “Drunken Goat” happy hour offers discounted drinks and select menu items Monday through Friday from 5-7 p.m., and the “Menu Etudiant” offers daily discounted fixed menus for students.
Bridge Ten’s Executive Chef Shawn Carlson is a Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts graduate and served as Executive Chef for Toni Pais, owner of the former Baum Vivant in Shadyside.
French-born David Cesaro is Maître D. Cesaro trained in Switzerland before working at Le Bernardin in New York City. He also owned the acclaimed French bistro, L’Ardoise in New York.
“We are excited to work with our entire team in offering our guests the pleasures and flavors of France,” DeSimone said.
Bridge Ten Brasserie’s lunchtime guests enjoy complimentary parking in a secured parking lot behind the Holiday Inn Express. Dinner guests have the option of using a $5 valet service.
Bridge Ten Brasserie operates independently of the Holiday Inn Express. Stay up-to-date with Bridge Ten news on Facebook (www.facebook.com/bridgeten), Twitter (@bridge_ten) and by signing up for the monthly newsletter via www.bridgeten.com
Chef Chuck Kerber