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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 every day from 11am-11pm , Fridays and Saturdays until midnight , serving lunch specials, dinner, and brunch on weekends. Also, we offer kids' specials, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and dairy-free menus.

In this Issue:
Tonight's The Night: Hour Happy At Social House 7

Please join the DowntownCDC this evening as we host Third Tuesday Happy Hour form 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Social House 7.  

For DowntownCDC members the sushi appetizers as well as among others are on us and if you're not a member you can join  tonight or just come and enjoy an evening with our Downtown community,  all are welcome!

Social House 7 is located at 123 Seventh Street in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Hope to see you there! If you have not RSVPed, it's not too late to do so! 

Gaby Et Jules: A Little Bit Of Paris In Downtown Pittsburgh  

In 2013, owners Lori Rongier, Frédéric Rongier and David Piquard decided that Pittsburgh needed a dedicated business to sell macarons, so they founded Gaby et Jules, a French patisserie located inside Market Street Grocery at 435 Market Street. The group has since dedicated themselves to creating the best macarons in Pittsburgh.

Gaby et Jules offers many different confections, but, as mentioned above, they are best known for their macarons. They offer 18 different flavors and also incorporate a flavor of the month. The patisserie also offers nationwide shipping, and Frédéric Rongier explains that "with our new website it's even better because you can choose whatever you'd like to buy and have it at your door or you can order it to pick up at the store."

"Downtown Pittsburgh has changed tremendously from the time when I first came here in 1999. With that in mind, we love having our patisserie located here. It's practical for our clients who live and work in the Downtown area that may not necessarily want to travel outside of the area or go online to buy" explained Rongier. Rongier also shared that one of the reasons he chose to locate his business in Pittsburgh is because the people were so welcoming and friendly that he "fell in love with the city."

Corporate gifts and events are one of Gaby et Jules many customer services. With their branded confections, there is so much that they can do for businesses in the area. "Just think of what a beautiful gift or thank you one of our branded confections would be for a client. We've had clients say they will be with us forever because it is a gift they will always remember" explained Rongier.

Gaby et Jules is an asset to our Downtown community, and we are proud to have a little piece of Paris right around the corner. "Pittsburgh is so good to us that we are thinking about opening another Gaby et Jules somewhere in the area" shared Rongier. The endeavor is still in the works, but Rongier gave DowntownCDC the inside scoop.

It's "Easy Street" For Gina Vensel 
Gina Vensel, owner and founder of the events promotions company Easy Street, knows how difficult it can be for small-scale venues and artists to attract fans. As more nontraditional concert spaces such as restaurants and bars pop up in Pittsburgh, Vensel wants to support the community by giving them the opportunity to easily publicize events. Thus, she created the website LiveMusicPGH.com, where anyone "can search by genre as well as band names [and] it helps the community find music without necessarily knowing the names of the bands or DJs", she told me.

While websites such as Songkick and Facebook's events page do list numerous concerts, the type of music being played isn't usually advertised upfront. These sites are meant for people who are already fans of a certain act. LiveMusicPGH, on the other hand, seeks to become a conduit for Pittsburghers to "find music without knowing the bands.... what we hope is they will then follow the bands on Facebook and continue to see and become fans of those bands," Vensel explains.

Still a work in progress, the site also allows any musician - or really, anyone - to set up a profile and publish events, regardless of where it will take place. "You don't even need to be a band to submit a free show," Vensel says, "if [someone works for] a nonprofit and they're having a special event with a DJ, we want them to use our site. We want any and all local music to submit their shows." It will appear on LiveMusicPGH's concert calendar for anyone to see.

Vensel's reasoning for this endeavor is growing the music community in Pittsburgh and to encourage the populace to see live music, something she must feel strongly about since the website does not profit her monetarily. "This is a passion project for me, it is not a job. It is free to submit the shows. I've been relying on promotion through social media and the community at large to promote the site". As a result, she is still seeking sponsors to improve the website, but hopes to grow it organically by spreading the word on podcasts and co-hosting shows.

The Milk Shake Factory Growing And Expanding In Pittsburgh  

As the weather in Pittsburgh begins to warm up at last, residents and visitors alike will start craving their favorite cold summer treats. Look no further than The Milk Shake Factory, one of downtown's most popular stops for lovers of shakes, sundaes, and all things ice cream.

The Milk Shake factory offers gourmet milkshakes and other delicious chocolatey treats that keep customers returning to their Pittsburgh locations. Their downtown restaurant at PNC Plaza, one of their busiest, has been open since August 2016. Jenny Osterman, Senior Manager of Corporate Communications at Edward Marc Brands, recalls excitement at the prospect of opening up shop downtown. " We were very excited about the opportunity to partner with PNC on this space and contributing to the ongoing revival of our city's downtown," she says. Sharing the excitement was the family behind the milkshakes, siblings Chris, Dana, and Mark Edwards. The trio represents the fourth generation of a long-standing family chocolate business.

Opening a downtown location has put The Milk Shake Factory front-and-center during city events, from summer concerts at PPG Paints Arena to the iconic Light Up Night in November. These celebrations bring people to the area and generate ample foot-traffic for the restaurant. Osterman also notes that throughout the year, there are always customers eager to stop in, regardless of the occasion.

"It's a great escape during a lunch break or study break," she says, "it's also a nice treat after a long day, after a nice dinner, or for a special occasion."

With the success of the downtown location, The Milk Shake Factory is looking to the future and plans to expand throughout Pittsburgh. A new location on Forbes Ave in Oakland will open in March 2019, and other locations are in the works for later in the year. Osterman looks forward to the continued growth of the brand in conjunction with the growth of Pittsburgh. "We love being a part of the downtown Pittsburgh scene," she says, "and we're looking forward to seeing and being part of the continued growth."

More Than Just Downtown: Weekly Roundup

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Music City Downtown Weekly Calendar

Andys @ Fairmont Pittsburgh
Thursday, February 21 - Lisa Bleil - 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Friday, February 22 - Maria Becoates-Bey - 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Saturday, February 23 - DJ Malls Spins Vinyl - 5:00 p.m. -7:30 pm
Saturday, February 23 - Etta Cox - 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Backstage Bar
Friday, February 22 - House Band Daryl Shawn at 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 23 - Ron Wilson- at 5:00 p.m.

Eddie V's 
Tuesday, February 19 - Symmetry - 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 20 - George Heid 3 - 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 21 - Reggie Watkins Quartet - 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday, February 22 - Ezra & The Relativs - 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 23 - Ezra & The Relativs - 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Nola on the Square 
Friday, February 22 - Alex Peck Trio - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 23 - Olga Watkins Band - 8:00 p.m.

Howl at the Moon 
Live music on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at  8:00 p.m. and Fridays at  6:00 p.m. For more information, visit Howl at the Moon's website here .

Olive or Twist
Live music every  ThursdayFriday, and  Saturday at  9:00 p.m.

Redbeard's on Sixth
Billy Schneider live acoustic music every Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Free JukeBox every Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Rivers Casino
Friday, February 22 - MCG Jazz Presents Ryan Salisbury - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 23 - Walk Of Shame - 9:00 p.m.

Rivers Club
Wednesday, February 20 - WNL-Kenny Blake  - 5:30 p.m.

Friday, February 22  - Live music from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 20 - Bluegrass Jam ft. Shelf Life String Band - 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Downtown Events this Week:

Check out our DowntownCDC Website for this week's events. Don't miss out on what is happening in your area! For more information and events, click here.

Ongoing Events
Pittsburgh Improv Jam, Cabaret at Theater Square, Thursdays at 10:00 p.m.
Worth New York and W by Worth collections for women sizes 00-20 in The Diamond Building. Text style strategist Bear Brandegee for your appointment at 412-877-0464.

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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.