Scottish pub possible for 1792 Hazelwood house
A Scottish restaurant and pub could be coming to one of Pittsburgh's last remaining 18th century buildings.
The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority board of directors Thursday agreed to conduct exclusive negotiations with Oak Moss Associates, an East Liberty real estate and project management company, for the sale of the John Woods House in Hazelwood.
Built in 1792 by surveyor John Woods, who laid out Pittsburgh, the stone house at Monongahela and Tullymet streets is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been abandoned for years. URA Executive Director Robert Rubenstein said the URA acquired it in 2001 to ensure its preservation.
Oak Moss proposed a $725,000 renovation, including 61 seats inside, 26 in an outdoor dining area, a front porch and addition to the rear of the building for restrooms, kitchen and mechanical areas, Rubenstein said.
The restaurant would be operated by chef David Gancy, who previously owned the Red Oak Café on Forbes Avenue in Oakland.
Woods House is one of only five structures still standing from 1816, when Pittsburgh incorporated as a city