Chris Bonfili left the Red Room Cafe in East Liberty in April of 2008, ready to pursue his dream of opening his own restaurant. After more than 18 months of planning and searching for the right space, he and his wife Jennifer plan to open Avenue B to the public next weekend. The restaurant name is a combination of the owners' (B for Bonfili) and the restaurant's location on Centre Avenue in Shadyside, which was previously occupied by the Istanbul Grille.
Chef Bonfili described the restaurant, which will be BYOB, as an "unfussy bistro" that will serve "globally-inspired new American cuisine" -- a place where sashimi and risotto both find a home, but probably not on the same plate. There will be a small menu of staple dishes, which will change seasonally, along with daily chalkboard specials. For now Avenue B will be open for dinner only, but Bonfili plans to add lunch in the future; call for information about the reservation policy. Avenue B, 5501 Centre Avenue, 412-683-FOOD (3663)