Bloomfield Bridge Tavern Farewell

Bloomfield Bridge Tavern Farewell

A real Pittsburgh experience.  Bittersweet evening. After three decades of successful business, a favorite institution was closing and we were there for the final night. Gracious owners and hosts Steve and Lynn Frankowsi ensured we felt like adopted family.

SATURDAY night we drove over to Bloomfield, We got there early as by the end of the evening it was standing room only.  We ate a Polish Platter, sipped some drafts and listened to some lively music by Ploughman’s Lunch.

We purchased our souvenir BBT t- shirts to commemorate the evening.

I took photos to document the farewell party to Bloomfield Bridge Tavern.

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Our hosts Steve and Lynn Frankowski

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On the left, Mr. Stanley Frankowski, original owner of the Bloomfield Tavern . John Hayes wrote in Mr. Frankowski’s obituary “Mr. Frankowski had a soft spot for struggling artists, and the tavern became and continues to be an important entry-level venue for local rock bands. Many of Pittsburgh most popular bands, including Rusted Root and The Clarks, played at the tavern in their infancy. Years before musical concept artists Squonk Opera took their show to the Broadway stage, they took it to the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern.”

John HaysSince 2005, John Hayes has organized and emceed every Tuesday Open Stage Night helping many young singers and songwriters get started on their musical careers.

Drummer Dennis Childers and the band Ploughman’s Lunch.

Karl Mullen and John Hayes

Karl Mullen Frontman of Ploughman’s Lunch and John Hayes

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First date at BBT over twenty years and two kids later.  Meet Cynthia and Michael O’Shea.

 

Performance Artist Phat Man Dee has some wild light up shoes from Amazon.  They kept changing colors and oh say can you see, she sang a crowd pleasing number with the band.

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Sister-in-law Mary Jane wore the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern party Underwear to her Father-in-law’s funeral twelve years ago.  She held it to the light for me to take a photo.

On thing is certain.  This popular local treasure and venue is going to be missed.

 

 

 

Pizzelle Perfect

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Baked in Bloomfield ( using a special pizzelle iron)

Maria Merante – Celebrating all things Italian since 1983

Anise or vanilla?  They are delicate and delicious.

 

Little Italy Days in Bloomfield Neighborhood

Opening day of Little Italy Days.

FullSizeRender(17)Steve photographed me with Franco Harris who was gracious to all his fans.

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Light in the Darkness

Or Silent Sunday.

This series shot Friday night in three Pittsburgh neighborhoods.  It was really dark outside. Steve was given a gift card for dinner at the Pleasure Bar so we drove over to Bloomfield.  Here are some of the lights in the darkness.

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Urban Madonna on the front stoop.

 

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Bloomfield Alley

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Front Porch Closeup

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Angel

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On the way home in Friendship almost Garfield.

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Highland Park-  my neighbors

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Linea Verde- Green Market

Bloomfield neighborhood on Liberty Avenue.

Steve and I were on our way to dinner and so that’s why you see the outdoor pumpkin display going both directions.

After dinner we went inside and bought pizzelles. Anise flavored.

I Had to ask about the roots in the first photo-turmeric!

Bocce Men,Vinyl, Soul Food, Wood Fired Pizza and Books 

IMG_0171.JPGUnder new ownership as of last Monday-  Jeff Gallagher is the new owner of JUKE records– click to read Post-Gazette article.

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There are hardback books, CDs and cassette tapes, too. Check it out for a walk down memory lane.

 

The Bocce Tournament is Saturday.  We missed the celebrity bocce on Thursday night with Mayor Peduto and Franco Harris. Heard it was fun

I was able to show some of the men their photos from two, three and four years ago.  Must have been out of town last year. One of my favorite city posts are the men playing bocce at night years ago

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anthonyadamAnthony and Adam Marino.  Twins/brothers.  I was able to show them photos from previous years.  See links above.

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Did you know?

Nana’s Place by Gibsons- Homemade Soul Food in Bloomfield.

Takeout.  Call your order in and pick up. A nice place to sit and wait, pictured below.Cash only which is always good to know ahead of time.  I’m going to return another day and photograph the women cooking and working for the People at Work series, THANK YOU.

 

IMG_0195“Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends….”live music across the street

 

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Wood Fired Pizza below.

 

 

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And I bought a book for the grandkids at East End Book ExchangeEast End Book Exchange   They say they have rare books, too.

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Fresh Ravioli

iPhone shots at Groceria Italiana this morning. 

I’ll go back another time with my camera and maybe capture two more People at Work for my series. Carol and Adrienne (sp?) These women were working hard to make all of these beautiful ravioli in short order. So many choices of fillings. 

And yes, I bought a dozen of the fresh ravioli, they boxed them for me right there. I poured sauce over them and  baked  (covered  w foil) for 40 minutes. 

A salad on the side and we had a hearty dinner on a day cool enough to fire up the oven. Delicious. 

Drying in the freezer before being boxed 


Watching the two women prepare the ravioli this morning made me think of Chicago John of Bartolini  Kitchens blog and his family stories about how his mother and his dear aunt, Zia, would get up at five to make fresh ravioli for holiday dinners. Click the blue link for his post. 

Bread and Salt Adventure

Maybe you read Mark Bittman’s farewell article A Slice of Heaven in Pittsburgh (in the NYTimes) about the Pittsburgh bakery- Bread and Salt.

My neighbor and I went over to Bloomfield and got in line to order our lunch. We took it to go.

Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday you need to plan ahead.

You can order via email. If you ordered bread or pizza online you don’t have to wait in the line.  Just go ahead to the counter, pay and pick up.

Samples of bread are in bowls on the counter. Here are a couple of loaves.  They are sold by the pound so you can get exactly what you need, you don’t have to buy the whole loaf.

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Here is Laura on her first day of work. She was gracious to let me photograph her.

That’s a ricotta/almond cake.  They weigh the bread and pizza. It was Laura’s (smiling on right) first day

 

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We sampled all four types offered on Friday.

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We had a nice lunch back at my neighbor’s.

Lots of fresh veggie toppings.

The one on the right is the Rosa pizza with oregano.

The classic Margherita was my favorite.  The combination of basil, fresh  mozzarella and tomatoes so fragrant and delicious. Next time I plan to try the bread.

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Writer Hal Klein has an article in Pittsburgh Magazine describing the breads, the baker Rick Easton  and the bakery

If you plan to go, be sure to click the Bread and Salt link to check on hours of operation.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth

Depth. Going deep. Depth of field. Meaurement. Feeling. Distance. Diving- where depth matters.

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Sycamores on Shady Ave

PNC Parkdiving

Unknown Diver Needs Deep Water

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Bottle of spilled liquor running down the street on Liberty Avene, Little Italy Dayrs

Penn Ave Corner

back yard

St George Island

OSU swim

Roberto Clemente Bridge

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Forebears in Durand Cemetery, Illinois

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A Quick Shopping Trip New Year’s Eve- Clothes Minded on Liberty Avenue- Bloomfield

After two attempts to get to the Italian Grocery stores on New Year’s Eve we headed to the regular market

We were just driving by on our way to the grocery store and

“Buy Sell Trade” the sign said in the window.

“They look open even though it’s New Year’s Eve. ” “Okay, just ten minutes to look. I’ll wait in the car.”
I told my son.

In a few minutes, he came back to the car and said “MOM, you gotta come in and bring your camera and blog it!”

So I did.

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Business owners Josh folding pants while Cope was stitching and opted for No Photos on the blog. Another day. 

josh at clothes minded

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