Pamela’s Diner – A Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant


An Oakland staple since 1985, Pamela’s Diner located at 3703 Forbes Avenue is one of the latest restaurants to be designated in the Sustainable Restaurants Program. Landing a Silver-Plate level of designation, owners Tim Blosat and Michele Mazzella are proud to be a part of the “green” movement. “We look forward to using the funds granted to us through the program to upgrade more equipment to Energy Star. Not to mention, Rebecca Bykoski, program manager of Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants, was extremely friendly and awesome to work with — she made the process very easy,” said Mazzella and Blosat. Pamela’s Diner recently upgraded their refrigerator system to an Energy Star undercounter refrigerator.

The two also encourage other Oakland restaurants to join the program and get designated. “We strongly recommend the program. Not only for the benefits for the business, but more so for the environment,” they continued.

Pamela’s Diner is also happy to see the returning university students as well as meeting the new ones that come through their doors. “As always we enjoy having the students return. It’s always is a delight to see the empty plate and their smiles of content.”

Pamela’s Diner is open Monday to Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and they welcome you to stop by and try their most popular dish: The Morning After Breakfast Special – 2 eggs (any style), Ham, bacon, or sausage, and 2 of Pamela’s famous (crepe like) hotcakes!

OBID is recruiting Oakland restaurants for the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant Program. Designation enables restauranteurs to see the lasting value in operating in socially and environmentally responsible ways, while saving money and increasing business.

Request for Bids


The Oakland Business Improvement District (OBID) seeks proposals from well qualified vendors to operate a public space cleaning and maintenance program within the boundaries of the Business Improvement District. Since 1999 the OBID’s Cleaning Program has provided a range of cleaning and maintenance services to a high standard intended to enhance the appearance and attractiveness of “common area” public spaces (primarily sidewalks from curb line to building line, including fixtures such as trash receptacles and utility poles) in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. As Pennsylvania’s 3rd largest economic generator and as the educational and medical hub of Western Pennsylvania, the perception of our neighborhood is vital to the economic health of the City of Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania region at large.


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Marketing & Communications Intern Needed!


The Oakland Business Improvement District (OBID) is seeking a qualified intern to assist with the organization’s Marketing, PR, and Communications efforts. This internship entails assisting and implementing various marketing strategies for OBID, from events promotion and organizing to the marketing for the company as a whole. In particular, this internship will assist with the artistic and content management associated with the Forbes Plaza Digital Gallery, an outdoor installation owned and operated by the OBID. This individual generally works under the Marketing and Communications Coordinator and should be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment. The intern will be expected to work 10 – 15 hours a week during regular office hours (Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and at selected events as needed.

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PennDOT Public Meeting – Forbes Avenue Betterment Project


Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration along with Carnegie Mellon University organized a Public meeting to share the design plans and schedule for the Forbes Avenue Betterment Project (Forbes Avenue from Birmingham Bridge to Beeler Street) and the Oakland/CMU Forbes Corridor Safety Improvements Project (Forbes Avenue from South Craig to Margaret Morrison Streets). Proposed project items include repaving of roadway, restriping of crosswalks, upgrading all pedestrian signals to audible signals, replacing up to three traffic signals in between Halket and South Bouquet streets, installing bike lanes on each side of the road from South Craig to Margaret Morrison Streets and placing six new traffic signals from South Craig Street to Margaret Morrison Street. The work is scheduled to be bid out in November 2017 with construction beginning in 2018. For more information go to:

At this time, there are no proposed plans to change traffic patterns for the stretch spanning from the Birmingham Bridge to Bigelow Boulevard. OBID will continue to update our members on the project progress and we will work with our partners to organize future meeting opportunities and to gage OBID member feedback.