The long-awaited restaurant from local chef, Derek Stevens, opened its doors on February 17. A. Martini & Co. was placing the finishing touches on the space and co-habitating with the Union Standard team during the final week to make sure everything was perfect.

This project was the first major new restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh in 2017 and the first solo-gig for Chef Derek Stevens. The 170-seat, 7,5000sf restaurant, spans three floors and features a raw bar and wood-fired grill and rotisserie. Having items like this on the menu will ensure that this restaurant will cater to the dietary and food preferences of everyone, which will only help the success of the business in the long run. Because of the different types of food that they will be serving to their customers, looking into some cold storage doors, would have been essential to incorporate in the construction process, as this will help to keep the food at their desired temperatures. And if they don’t want to receive any complaints, this will be crucial. As the restaurant is spanned over three floors, they will need to do everything they can to make sure that all the spaces are filled to capacity. When Stevens acquired the space in the ever-popular Union Trust building, he envisioned keeping many of the details that were original to the space and staples of the iconic Pittsburgh building.

The restaurant is just one of the hallmarks of the $100M renovation to Pittsburgh’s Union Trust Building, which has been ongoing since the building was purchased for development in 2014 by Davis Companies.