By John Shumway


PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Delayed by quite a bit, the first new restaurant on North Shore Drive will open it’s doors tomorrow morning.

Locally owned and operate Burgatory is ready to crank out the burgers, salads, fries, and shakes as Pirates fans arrive for the afternoon game with the Cubs.

“The response thus far has been incredible. We’ve had people clamoring to get inside the restaurant and with the Pirates doing as well as they are doing right now we know we’re going to be packed,” says Burgatory co-owner Herky Pollock.

Pollock says they will use the first three days to get geared up for Sunday’s season opener for the Steelers at Heinz Field. “We’re up for it, we’ve trained hard for it, our staff is ready to go. We have additional staff coming in. We’re going to be grilling outside and we’re going to have remote bars throughout the restaurant and outside. We’re geared up to handle the crush.”

While Burgatory has several other locations in the Pittsburgh region Pollack says they’ve tweaked the menu for the north shore. “We’ve added things like ribs. some Korean tacos, we have new burgers. We have a burger that’s half bacon half beef and it’s melded into a burger that has peanut butter and jelly on top. Burgatory is a better burger concept. It’s a fun concept, we take ourselves seriously but we also have a lot of fun while we do it.”

Burgatory opens across from the Rivertowne Pub, and Tilted Kilt. It won’t be alone for long on the north side of the street.

North Park Lounge North Shore has gotten it’s financial issues resolved and owner Mark Baranowski says the steel to build the mezzanine has been ordered. “We’re hoping by mid October to get the steel erected,” says Baranowski, “and get the subs down there and go full speed ahead with our construction.”

The NPL North Shore and Cabana Bar he says will likely open in February.

Between Burgatory and NPL Pollack says Bar Louie will be moving in and Saga Japanese Steakhouse will be on the other side of Burgatory.

Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar is well on the way with the flooring down and bars constructed.

Even the TK marked hostess stand is in place.

The night sport is awaiting its restaurant equipment before it can move on to the next phase of construction.

No word on when the country superstar’s place will be open.

Pollack says he and his partners at Burgatory can’t wait for all the restaurants to be open, “Having more is better it creates synergy, it creates an event ambiance on off days and a place to come and hang out and go from place to place to place. And our expectation of is when all these places open up we’re going to have a lot of nightlife here on off nights and off game days.”

For Burgatory it all starts tomorrow, “We feel we are at the forefront of all that excitement and we’re going to take advantage of that to the best of our abilities.”

Pollock joined the KDKA Morning News to talk about Burgatory’s big debut on the North Shore.

He says, “This is our first restaurant truly inside the city. This is our first urban location inside of Pittsburgh.”

Pollock adds they are just giving the people what they want with the location on the North Shore.

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