Opening of a chef-led local food market and cafe at Fox Chapel Plaza

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Shoppers looking to mix socializing and shopping can tick both boxes with a new specialty market and cafe in O’Hara.

Local Provisions Market & Cafe opened last week at Fox Chapel Plaza along Freeport Road.

The business combines casual dining with specialty groceries, seasonal produce, fresh takeout, and a cafe serving casual fare daily. There’s beer and wine to go, plus a full bar and cocktail menu.

Fox Chapel co-owners Jessica and Brian Pekarcik have spent the past six months renovating the space, which was once part of the Community Market.

Pittsburgh native Brian Pekarcik has worked as a chef for over 28 years, including operating Spoon in East Liberty.

His wife, Jessica, brings over 30 years of experience in the food industry, with specialties in training and customer service.

Pekarcik opened Spoon over ten years ago. After it closed in 2020, the Pekarciks opened a restaurant business, Spoon Fed, which became Local Provisions.

The goal, the couple said, is to connect with other Pittsburgh-area chefs and sell their wares.

Some of the dozens of locally sourced foods include honey from Pittsburgh Honey in Squirrel Hill, soups from Sprezzatura in Millvale, and cream cheese bagels and spreads from Gussy’s Bagels in Oakland.

“We are honored by the support of our community for our smooth opening,” Pekarcik said. “We look forward to showcasing our full cafe menu very soon and finding more local culinary products to bring to our storefront. We appreciate our customers’ patience as we bring our full vision to life.

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Local food market and cafe in Fox Chapel Plaza.

Inside, oversized globe lighting and a sleek blue and white center bar present an upscale casual vibe. A large white stone bar, bar stools, booths or tables provide seating for around 50 customers. A must-see wall-mounted TV takes up the back of the space.

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Local Provisions employees Dan Demotte (left) and Teagan Welty stock the shelves on Sunday.

The couple live in Fox Chapel with their three children. They said having a family-friendly establishment was a priority, with a vision to provide a destination to experience the culinary delights of Pittsburgh in a welcoming and comfortable space.

The 4,000 square foot venue is packed with selections of artisan food, relishes, jams, sauces, butters, cheeses, kimchi, hot sauce, mustard, salsa, meats, popcorn, condiments and more.

Fox Chapel Area High School students Teagan Welty and Dan Demotte are employees, and both said the cafe would be a great after-school spot for teenagers.

“You can come in to get groceries, sit down and eat or have a drink,” Demotte said.

“I like the laid back environment here,” Welty said. “You could do your homework in a cubicle. I love the grilled cheese sandwich.

Aliquippa’s Rich Montini attended the soft opening. He previously worked with Brian Pekarcik for five years.

“It’s very welcoming and there are many varieties of local food in the city. I was looking at charcuterie and cheeses,” Montini said. “Brian and Jess are amazing people, and this place is going to be awesome.”

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Local provisions market and cafe at Fox Chapel Plaza in O’Hara.

Fox Chapel customer Shay McCaffrey shopped Sunday night with her young daughter.

“I love everything. It has the right atmosphere and energy. It’s exactly what we need in the square. I know it will be a meeting place for mums, customers, children. It will be a great place to hang out,” McCaffrey said.

Local Provisions, at 1111 Freeport Road, is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Joyce Hanz is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Joyce by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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