The “O” is Re-Opening!

Image: JoAnne Klimovich Harrop – Tribune-Review

Former University of Pittsburgh students, Maurry Mendelovich and Jamie Rodgers, reminisced in a recent Trib article about the many nights they spent at the Original Hot Dog Shop in Oakland.

The two are friends and business partners with Mero Restaurant Group and have leased the space to bring the “O” some new life after its closing in April following 60 years of business.

One section of the space will be used to host a taco restaurant called Viva Los Tacos, which will serve “MexiCali Street Tacos” and margaritas. The other is subleased to Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, headquartered in Las Vegas. Both are scheduled for spring openings.

Bigelow Boulevard Crosswalk to Open October 24


After nearly a year of being closed, Bigelow Boulevard is set to reopen the crosswalk to pedestrians between the Cathedral of Learning and the William Pitt Union on Oct. 24.

While vehicular traffic will need to wait a bit longer, this new raised crosswalk is said to be safer for pedestrians. The William Pitt Union grounds will also feature outdoor seating areas, accessibility ramps and a programmable amphitheater.

In an email sent out by Scott Bernotas, associate vice chancellor of Facilities Management, it was mentioned that some temporary features will be in place pending the delivery of concrete planters and other barriers that were delayed due to the pandemic. Upon the addition of the placement of permanent planters and other barriers, roads will be open and fully accessible. During a recent Board of Trustees meeting, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said that some finishing touches may not happen until December. 

Read more from article over at the University Times.

Fuel & Fuddle – the latest restaurant in sustainability

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Fuel and Fuddle, located at 212 Oakland Avenue, is the latest restaurant to get designated and make equipment upgrades through the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants program. Fuel and Fuddle is a true hot spot in Oakland serving upscale bar and grill food since 1996, and owner and OBID Board Member, Brandon Smith, is happy with his business earning a Silver plate designation level. “The program definitely made me more aware of the importance of green practices and equipment to be environmentally friendly and help save money,” said Brandon. “Thanks to the knowledge and expertise of Rebecca Bykoski, program manager of the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants program, we were able to tackle the designation process as well as identify equipment we could switch out,” he continued.

Fuel and Fuddled used the funds provided by the program to replace a 30 year-old furnace. “Instead of repairing the old furnace, I found value in a new high-efficiency furnace that used less gas saves money in the long run,” said Brandon. Brandon would like to see more Oakland restaurants jump on board this opportunity to save money through sustainability. “It’s nice when doing the right thing is the thing that helps your business grow,” he concluded.

UpPrize Social Innovation Competition


The UpPrize social innovation competition challenged Pittsburgh entrepreneurs to make the world a better place with the creation of new social tech tools. Conversant Labs landed first prize and $400,000 for further company development, and Marinus Analytics got second.

Oakland would like to congratulate PHRQL (Personal Health Recording for Quality of Life), a member of Revv Oakland, went home with the third place $20,000 prize. It is a software development firm that creates electronic health record systems for medical nutrition therapy coupled with shopper marketing and analytics capabilities. PHRQL teamed up with CHS (Community Human Services) to improve quality of life and reduce healthcare costs for at-risk populations by improving diet and nutrition through food access, technology, and coaching.

Another UpPrize finalist was PathVu, a University of Pittsburgh startup, that is committed to improving walkability along sidewalks. Their vision is for pedestrian pathways, sidewalks and trails to be completely walkable so that all people – of any ability – have full and safe access to every public and private pedestrian path.


ADA Events & Activities Reminder!



Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with events & activities. This Act allowed our nation to commit itself to eliminating discrimination against people with disabilities through the ultimate goal of advancing equal access! The Ramp Crawl was just one of many!

Visit: to check out the calendar of events!