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Chef bringing American-influenced, European cuisine to Pittsburgh's North Side

Mary Pickels
| Thursday, June 7, 2018, 12:45 p.m.
Owner and executive chef Cory Hughes intends to open wood-fired kitchen Fig & Ash on Pittsburgh's North Side this fall.
Owner and executive chef Cory Hughes intends to open wood-fired kitchen Fig & Ash on Pittsburgh's North Side this fall.

Pittsburgh chef Cory Hughes intends to open his first restaurant this fall, Fig & Ash , in Pittsburgh's North Side's Deutschtown neighborhood.

A Le Cordon Bleu graduate, Hughes has overseen Pittsburgh kitchens at the Cafe at The Frick, Spoon, Eleven, Six Penn Kitchen, and most recently served as executive chef for Google's Bakery Square location, according to a news release.

Hughes plans a "farm to flame" concept at the 514 East Ohio St. location.

The menu will feature from scratch preparation, with many items finished in a custom, locally built wood fire oven.

A sample menu posted to its website shows "beginnings" including Nantucket sea scallops, Korean BBQ pork shank cakes and charcuterie; "milled grain" items including cavatelli, polenta and pizza; "wood fire grill" pork belly, smoked salmon, chicken roulade and burgers; and autumn-tinged desserts including bread pudding, s'mores and apple cobbler.

"It's every chef's dream to own their own place and I couldn't be more excited to do it in the heart of a resurgent Deutschtown. Start with great ingredients, make it with love, and share that love with the public in a beautiful space," Hughes says in the release.

The first floor dining room and bar will accommodate 52 guests, with additional courtyard seating for 22. A private dining room and event space is being planned for the basement with seating for 24.

Hours will be 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, with the bar open until 11 p.m., and 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, with the bar staying open until 12:30 a.m.

Lunch, brunch, and Monday hours are being planned, according to the release.


Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

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