Bae Bae’s Kitchen is growing!
The team behind the popular fast-casual eatery, located on Liberty Avenue Downtown, is currently in the process of opening their second brick-and-mortar space, a cafe named “Bae Bae’s Cafe.”
The cafe will be located four doors down from Bae Bae’s Kitchen in the former Toonseum museum. It will be an extension of the Bae Bae’s brand, offering familiar and accessible options for diners.
“We are taking our core philosophy from Bae Bae’s Kitchen, of offering great, organic, sustainable, local and delicious cuisine inspired by our many journeys and travels around the world,” says owner Edward Lai.
At the cafe, guests can expect a variety of drinks and small bites. The main focus will be on boba drinks, offered in unique flavors like cookies and cream and passion fruit. There will also be traditional coffee drinks and espresso from local roasters.
For food, the cafe will serve KimBap as a staple on the menu. Kimbap is a traditional Korean Style Rice Roll with Seaweed, and different veggies and fillings. There will also be a rotating monthly soup and sandwich pairing, including favorites like BLTs, caprese, ham and cheese croissants, tomato basil, kabocha squash, and ginger carrot soup.
Desserts and pastries will also be a large part of the menu. Guests can expect Japanese cheesecake, banana pudding, compost cookies, and daily quiches.
Another thing to look out for is the introduction of Korean Pop Bing Soo to Pittsburgh, a special type of shaved ice that has a texture of fluffy snow. This fluffy ice is topped with sauces like homemade azuki (red bean), matcha green tea, or fruit compote.
The design of the cafe is inspired by Alice and Wonderland and the Mad Hatters Tea Party.
The Cafe will be “an expression of the love, creativity, and values we have established downtown and hoping to share with the Pittsburgh community and world,” says Lai.
Bae Bae’s Kitchen opened in 2017 and offers a rotating selection of organic and locally sourced Korean-inspired dishes and sides. Menu staples include stir-fried glass noodles, Korean fried chicken, and bulgogi. The restaurant is a designated silver-level sustainable restaurant in Pittsburgh.
Bae Bae’s Cafe aims to open late 2019 or early 2020.
More information can be found online.
Bae Bae’s Cafe (945 Liberty Ave)