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100 Fifth Ave, Suite 614
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
124 Sixth St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15 222

Alihan's is a family owned restaurant which brings the authentic taste of Turkey to Downtown. Alihan is not only the owner, but he is the head chef as well: using family recipes,  making sure all meals are prepared in a traditional way, from fresh ingredients, and of course, in healthy Mediterranean style. 

Come to experience the hospitality of a Turkish family who welcomes every guest with a smile and cares of every customer's needs. 
We are BYOB, so don't hesitate to bring a bottle of your favorite brand to accompany our fresh meals. 

We are open Sunday-Thursday 11am-10pm , and Fridays and Saturdays until 11pm , serving lunch and dinner specials. Also, we offer kids' specials, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and dairy-free menus.

In this Issue:
Northwest Bank Developers Forum - Jan 27th

The Downtown Community Development Corporation will be hosting the Northwest Bank Developers Forum on Monday, January 27 in the Union Trust Building.

The Forum gives attendees an inside look on development, retail and residential living in Downtown Pittsburgh.

This year's panelists are:

Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto
Allegheny County Executive Director Rich Fitzgerald
John Jackson - Cushman, Wakefield, Grant St. Associates
Rachealee Lacek - Sotheby's Realty
Cheri Bomar - Executive Vice-President, Hardy World

This year's discussion will be moderated by Julie Fallon Hughes, Southwest Region President, Northwest Bank

Check-in starts at 10:30 with the Forum beginning at 11:00. Lunch and networking at noon.

Please RSVP to
Target Coming Downtown?

Fontainebleau Development is in serious negotiations with Target, the Minneapolis-based department store chain, said Jay Fertig, chief development officer for the firm.

"We want them to be there. We think they're a great asset for the city and a great asset for our building," he said.

Target would occupy 25,000 square feet of space on the first floor of the old Kaufmann's building. The retailer is proposing a small format store with a pharmacy at the location. It would offer a range of products, including groceries, apparel, and home goods.

Fontainebleau, owner of the famous Fontainebleau Miami Beach resort, is in the process of buying the Kaufmann's/Macy's building, a Smithfield Street landmark that served generations of Pittsburgh shoppers, from Philadelphia-based Core Realty, which has owned it since 2015.

Mr. Fertig said he expects the property to be in Fontainebleau's hands "not long after the end of the year."

O n contingency for Target is parking, in addition to the two levels below ground the company wants two levels on the third and fourth floors above the first- and second-floor retail.

"Obviously, we have big plans and they're not out of line with what was envisioned for this property five years ago," Mr. Fertig said. "We're just fulfilling what was envisioned for this property five years ago."

About half of the 311 apartment units planned for the redevelopment are complete. Fontainebleau will complete the rest, a job estimated to take four months. Residents are moving into the apartments that have been finished. In addition, The 160-room Even Hotel opened in December.

Mr. Fertig said building out the shell space for Target alone will cost millions of dollars, adding that the overall costs associated with such a historic renovation "tend to multiply as you go." But Fontainebleau is committed to seeing it through once it completes the deal to acquire the property.

"To enter into a deal like this and a vision like this, it takes deep pockets to do this and we have deep pockets" Mr. Fertig said.

John Jackson, of Cushman, Wakefield, Grant Street Associates has been working on bringing Target to this location for a while and will be a panelist at the Northwest Bank Developers Forum on January 27. 

We will have updates to this story as they occur.
Residents Night at Pittsburgh Public Theater

The Pittsburgh Public Theater and the Downtown Community Development Corporation are partnering on a Residents Night at the O'Reilly Theater on February 12 at 8:00 p.m. Enjoy mingling with fellow downtown residents plus a 30% discount off the ticket price for Little Shop of Horrors.

Lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken.
This monster hit is Marya Sea Kaminski's first musical at The Public, and features
the return of Grammy winner John McDaniel as Music Director.

For tickets, visit, or call 412.316.1600.

Handel's Baroque Classic Alcina Coming to CAPA Theater
By: Hattie Charney

The Pittsburgh Opera will be performing George Frideric Handel's Alcina, in the Pittsburgh CAPA Theater in downtown Pittsburgh. The CAPA Theater is the ideal spot for Baroque performances because of how cozy and close the confines are. 

The production will run from Jan. 25 until Feb. 2. For a full list of dates and times head over to the Pittsburgh Opera website at

Alcina is about a sorceress who lived on an island with her sister Morgana. Alcina doesn't use her powers for good but for evil; she tricks men into falling in love with her. However, once she tires of these selected men, she turns them into animals or objects.

The audience follows the story of Alcina's most recent crush, Ruggiero, a mighty knight she has used her magic on. The showdown begins when Ruggiero's finacée Bradamante, and her tutor, Melisso, come to the island to bring Ruggiero back home. 

Alcina and Morgana do not want to give up the man they tricked thus the audience is taken on a wild ride with twisting turns and wondering if Alcina's evil spell will finally be broken.

Pittsburgh Opera Music Director, Antony Walker, conducts the production while Matthew Haney directs.

Since premiering in 1735, Alcina has only been performed in a small number of cities. These will be the Pittsburgh Opera's first performances of Alcina.  

Baroque operas typically feature a pants role, a female singer portraying a young man, and Alcina is no different. Antonia Botti-Lodovico, Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist, will sing the role of mighty knight Ruggiero. 

For more information on Alcina and upcoming Pittsburgh Opera performances, check out .
Derek Hughes in Bag of Tricks

Quintessential funny man Derek Hughes has been lauded by audiences and critics alike, with the New York Times calling him "thoroughly entertaining." Awarded First Place in Stage Magic by the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Hughes has performed his magic on MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, the CW's Penn & Teller: Fool Us, and as a top 10 finalist on NBC's America's Got Talent. Derek has joined the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having appeared in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 

He's a consulting producer on TRUtv's hit magic series, The Carbonaro Effect and was a finalist on season 10 of NBC's America's Got Talent where he gained notoriety for his provocative materializations.

In his newest show, BAG OF TRICKS, Derek has built on his astonishing reputation and devotion to the prestidigitation craft; bringing comedy and gravitas to each and every magical effect he performs. Teller (of Penn & Teller) called Hughes and his magic "Engaging, artful and smart." BAG OF TRICKS combines Derek's witty sense of humor with his unique take on the art of conjuring.

Wednesday, January 8 - Sunday, February 16, 2020
Liberty Magic
Tickets starting at $45. 

More Than Just Downtown: Weekly Round-Up 
Music City Downtown Weekly Calendar 
Tuesday, January 7 - Thomas Wendt Quartet from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 10 - Dan Styslinger from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 11 - Jonathan Chamberlain Songbook from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Bridge & Bourbon
Live music every Wednesdays from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Tuesday, January 7th - Symmetry from 6 p.m - 10 p.m.
Wednesday, January 8th - George Heid 3 from  6 p.m - 10 p.m.
Thursday, January 9th - Reggie Watkins Quartet from 6 p.m - 10 p.m.
Friday, January 10th - Ezra & The Relatvs from 6:30 p.m - 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 11th - Symmetry from 6:30 p.m - 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 12th - Alex Peck Trio from 5 p.m - 9 p.m.
Monday, January 13th - Maria Becoates-Bey from 6 p.m - 10 p.m.

Howl at the Moon
Every Wednesday to Friday from 5 p.m - 2 a.m
Every Saturday from 6 p.m - 2 a.m

Friday, January 10 - Maria Becoates-Bey from 8:00 p.m. - midnight
Saturday, January 11 - Erin Burkett from 8:00 p.m. - midnight

Friday, January 10 - Benny Benack from 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 11 - Olga Watkins Band from 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Live Music with Billy Schneider & Guests every Friday and Saturday

Live acoustic music with Billy Schneider every Thursday from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Events This Week:

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220 5th Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

An enticing menu comprised of Vallozzi family traditions such as homemade pastas (including Helen's gnocchi) and the pizza that made them famous, as well as fresh steaks and seafood. The menu also boasts a number of Italian meats and cheeses flown in from Italy weekly and served from their 'Fresh Mozzarella' bar.