The Garden Grille and Bar – Passion & Creativity In Every Bite

The Garden Grille and Bar at the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place located at 3454 Forbes Avenue in Oakland is your next stop to taste passion and creativity in every bite you take.

Larry Broderick, Director of Sales, and Chef Andrew Thompson know what food service is all about: remarkable hospitality and willingness to go above and beyond to give people an exceptional dining experience. From fresh and local seasonal menus to customized cuisine for events or grilled outdoor fast casual, The Garden Grille and Bar is always prepared to dish out quality.

On top of their everyday menu, The Garden Grille and Bar has seasonal menus that change every three to four months, and you know it’s fresh because its ingredients rely, well, on the season! Selections on the seasonal menus are mainly supplied from local farms, and the specials span over appetizers, sandwiches and salads, entrees, and even desserts.

“Our number one seller on our seasonal menu is our Greek Lamb Burger made with locally sourced lamb from Jameson Farms in Latrobe,” said Chef Thompson.

He said a new menu will debut mid-August.

Every Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., you can catch some fun lunch items outside of The Garden Grille and Bar – right at the corner of McKee Place and Forbes Avenue.

“If you’re hungry and you want fast, we can do that here! At our Thursday grill-outs, we offer a grilled protein/vegetable, a side, and a water or soda all for $8. There’s something special about this one-day-a-week cookout,” said Broderick.

When the weather is on point, these Thursday grill-outs have served more than 70 people. 

The quality doesn’t stop there. The Garden Grille and Bar will even create customized foods and drinks for special events. “In my 27 years in the hotel industry, I can say Chef Andrew is one of the most talented chefs I’ve ever worked with,” said Broderick. “We once did an event for the Monroeville Rotary during the Kentucky Derby and Chef Andrew and his team re-created the official Kentucky Derby menu – serving everything from the official entrees, drinks, and even the salad… crawfish and red beets which everyone loved!”

“Our Culinary Supervisor, Mary Oravec, is also very talented and once set up an international-inspired tea station for an event,” said Chef Thompson. “We like sit down with people and say ‘here is our menu, but what do YOU want?”

With an exceptional team, everyone on staff shines both inside and outside of the workplace.

“The little things we do really resonate with customers. Through our Bright Hearted Committee, we like to recognize outstanding staff, said Chef Thompson. “We also love giving back to the community through events like holding ice cream socials at the local Veterans Hospital or having teams for the Pittsburgh Superhero Run in North Park to raise awareness of child abuse and the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.”

You don’t need to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn to enjoy this phenomenal food and hospitality either.

“When you’re at the intersection of Forbes and McKee, look up! We’d love to have you in for a bite,” said Broderick. “People don’t think that they’re foodies, but we all are! When we eat something it will always remind us of an experience, and The Garden Grille and Bar gets that.”

SkyVue Apartments – ‘VUE’ The Work/Life Balance In A Whole New Way

The SkyVue Apartments located at 3333 Forbes Avenue provides a world-class urban living experience to its residents and gives the Oakland business district a POP with its magnificent aesthetic. The 389 unit apartment community has virtually everything a person needs, and each floor of SkyVue provides a ‘wow’ factor.

Floor Highlights

First Floor
After you’re greeted by SkyVue’s friendly leasing office staff, you’ll be floored by the community’s lobby amenities such as a baby grand piano, cool refreshments, and a TransitScreen display. The staff provides at least two resident attended events weekly to build a sense of community for all of it’s residents. The first floor doesn’t stop there… The floor also contains a large 253-car garage and over 150-bike storage spaces, an outdoor pet area and dog-washing station for its pet residents. SkyVue cares about its resident’s security, too, providing key fob-accessible doors and elevators everywhere you go.

Fourth Floor
A large and welcoming terrace on the fourth floor provides an oasis in the center of the building. The terrace provides heating lamps, flat screen televisions, fire pits, grills and kitchen areas – all perfect for relaxing and socializing. If you’d like to stay indoors, the fourth floor also has a trendy pool table room, more flat screen televisions and a breakfast bar-style area.

Seventh Floor
The perfect entertainment venue for SkyVue’s residents, the seventh floor contains another game room and a massive living room area complete with a full working kitchen – perfect for socializing. The full kitchen provides state-of-the-art profile Induction stovetops designed not to burn the person using them! In this spectacular kitchen, SkyVue hosts cooking demonstrations with professional chefs in the space. Stepping outside, an outdoor venue with a lot of the same amenities as the fourth floor terrace is perfect for catching sun and breathtaking views of Oakland, the river and Southside. If you’re feeling like a good workout, the seventh floor also has a 24-hour state-of-the art fitness center.

SkyVue Lounge
The Sky Lounge located at the top of the building provides majestic “VUEs” of Pittsburgh and Oakland. Providing a mini kitchen, flat screen TV, projector & screen, and plenty of sitting areas, it’s the perfect place to take a load off! There is even a balcony to sit outside and relax.

With studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, there are many different layouts to choose from at SkyVue. The entire community has a whopping 48 different floor plans, to be exact! Each apartment home has granite countertops, vinyl floors and plush carpeted bedrooms and are complete with stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, microwave and stove. Apartment homes also contain large, spacious closets and washers and dryers – not to mention balconies in select plans as well as stylish movable kitchen islands.

Other fantastic amenities of SkyVue include three soundproof recording/listening rooms with pianos, plenty of study pods, collaboration rooms and conference spaces.

Click HERE for more pictures of SkyVue Apartments

Leasing Office Hours
M-F 9a-6p
SAT 10a – 4p
412.687.1118   Managed by RISE. A real estate company.

SkyVue Apartments Plan to Open Doors Summer 2016

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SkyVue Apartments, located at 3333 Forbes Avenue, is well underway with its construction. This 14-floor building will feature 389 luxury apartments and retail space on Forbes Avenue and 5th Avenue. Construction began March of 2015 and it looks to open its doors this summer. Denissa Visconti, Community Manager at the SkyVue Leasing Office located at 120 McKee Place, is pleased with the building’s progress.  “I am extremely proud of this building and it fits right in. It will be a beautiful addition to Oakland –  we are certainly raising the bar on Pittsburgh living,” said Visconti.

The SkyVue Apartments will have tons of amenities to fit the needs of daily living for all ages, such as:

  • 24-Hour indoor/outdoor fitness center
  • Music rooms
  • Outdoor grilling and entertainment areas
  • The SkyVue Lounge (with an incredible view of Oakland!)
  • Bike storage rooms
  • Parking deck
  • Wi-Fi
  • Demonstration kitchen
  • Collaboration rooms and conference spaces
  • Ground floor retail

The community meets the needs of all walks of life, and that includes animals with pet walking areas and a pet washing station. For a relaxing night with friends, the 7th floor terrace is perfect for the socialites with plenty of seating, green space, fire pits and grills. SkyVue Apartments has a mix of furnished and non-furnished apartments and will be a secure-entry building. “We definitely picked a great contractor for the project – it’s really moving!” she continued. “We can’t wait to open the building and show everyone all of the amenities and just how beautiful she is! I encourage everyone to visit our web site: for a fly-through tour of the building.”

SkyVue will also include several commercial spaces with frontage both along Forbes and Fifth Avenue.  There is 4,652 SF of space available for lease along Forbes Avenue, and Fifth will feature a street level 2,511 SF space and a 2,749 SF space on the terrace level.  If you are interested in learning more, you are encouraged to call Bryan Joseph of Hanna Langholz Wilson Ellis at 412-261-2200.

Take a virtual tour HERE.

SkyVue Leasing Office

Now Open at 120 McKee Place

The SkyVue Apartments Leasing Office located at 120 McKee Place opened on Monday, November 2. The building, formerly North Way Christian Community Center, went through a total renovation adding in office space and including amenities that the units, themselves, will contain. The Leasing Office and the actual SkyVue Apartment complex are projects of Massaro Corporation. Denissa Visconti, Community Manager, is pleased to see the SkyVue construction process is on track and welcomes everyone to visit their brand new leasing office.

“These SkyVue units will have everything: resident parking, a 24-hour fitness center… these apartments are even pet friendly equipped with a pet walking area and even a pet washing station!” said Visconti. “It’s been a lot of work, but we’re excited to see it all up and running with its 389 units!” she continued. SkyVue Apartments plans to open its doors in summer of 2016.

Megan Shaner, Leasing Consultant at SkyVue is happy with the new work space. “This space is beautiful – a great atmosphere to work in… We love being located right here in Oakland!” said Shaner. “All this planning and all these details make me want to see the final product now. I really can’t wait to see the completed SkyVue Apartments.” Shaner continued.

The SkyVue Apartments will be located at 3333 Forbes Avenue, and will have entrances on both the Forbes and Fifth Avenue sides!

Amenities include: granite countertops, wood floors in common areas, plush carpeted bedrooms, kitchens, studio 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments, washers & dryers, patios and balconies. Community areas are also throughout: aforementioned fitness facility, parking, pet-friendly areas and amenities, conference spaces, retail space, the SkuVue lounge, outdoor grills and kitchen, and a courtyard and terrace.

Visit the brand new SkyVue Leasing Office:IMG_7422
120 McKee Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-687-1118 office
Questions? Email: Denissa at [email protected]

SkyVue Apartments
Managed by RISE: A Real Estate Company
3333 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Pittsburgh Named One of the World’s Most Resilient Cities

Pittsburgh has received the 100 Resilient Cities honor from the Rockefeller Foundation!

The Rockefeller Foundation has announced the cities it has chosen for the “100 Resilient Cities” honor, Pittsburgh being among the select few!  This honor is awarded to cities “that are ready to respond to the social, economic and physical shocks and stresses that are a growing part of the 21st century.”
Out of the 350 cities that applied, only 35 were named for this prestigious accolade.  To learn more,click here!