A The Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group’s new restaurant is expected to open at the end of this month. It’s called Sally Ann’s and is in the downtown space formerly occupied by Pork & Beans, which had been closed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Jamilka Borges, formerly of Independent Brewing Company, Spoon and Bar Marco, is the restaurant’s executive chef.
Although the concept has been in the works for the past year, the details of what type of restaurant it will be were not fully worked out until DeShantz brought in Borges.
“Jamilka and Rick have known each other for a very long time and they’ve worked on a few events together recently. They traveled together to an event in California a few months ago and everything fell into place afterwards,” says Casey Henderlong, events and public relations director of the catering group.
Henderlong says Borges’ menu will focus on vegetables, with a significant portion of the offerings dedicated to vegetarian and vegan dishes such as carrot pierogi with vegan sausage, broccoli tostada, Rancho Gordo bean salad and cubanos de cauliflower. Fans of the smoker Pork & Beans won’t be left out, however, as the homemade pastrami will share menu space with other meat dishes such as fried bologna sandwiches and roast beef. Borges will also offer a selection of soups and salads on Sally Ann’s menu.
Here’s good news for downtown workers and other early risers: the restaurant will open at 7 a.m. with a full-service coffee bar and a limited breakfast menu that includes all items offered at DeShantz’s. Strip District Establishment, Coop de Ville, plus smoothies, juices and bowls.
“All of the things that Jamilka brings to the table are what we were looking to accomplish with the space,” Henderlong says.
DeShantz named the restaurant after his mother, Sally Ann DeShantz, who died in November 2020. Henderlong says a portion of the restaurant’s proceeds will go to a charitable foundation honoring his mother. The details of these details are yet to come.
Regarding the two RDRG concepts that remain unopened, Butcher & The Rye (just down Sixth Street from the new Sally Ann’s) and Fish nor Fowl in Garfield, Henderlong says, “We are working hard to build a staff that can open these spaces. And while they’re closed, we’re working on some much-needed renovations to the space,” adding that Butcher will likely open later this year.
Sally Ann’s will open the last week of May.
136 Sixth Street, Downtown; instagram.com/sallyannspgh