Jamilka Borges is back! The celebrity chef is taking over the kitchen at Sally Ann’s, a new downtown counter-service restaurant opening the last week of May at 136 6th St., just in time for the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.
The latest addition to the Richard DeShantz group of restaurants is particularly personal to co-owner Richard DeShantz, who named the restaurant after his late mother.
Daisies, her favorite flowers, are dotted throughout the welcoming space thanks to local artist Matt Spahr.
Sally Ann’s will also be a place where Borges can flourish again. The Puerto Rican native, who moved to Pittsburgh in 2007 to attend cooking school, has worked at some of the city’s biggest hotspots: Legume Bistro, Livermore, Bar Marco, Spoon, The Independent Brewing Company, Hidden Harbor and Lorelei. She was about to open her own seafood restaurant on Mount Etna, but the pandemic wiped out Wild Child.
His accolades include a 2019 James Beard Foundation Best Chef Mid Atlantic Semi-Finalist and a 2015 James Beard Foundation Rising Star Semi-Finalist.
At Sally Ann’s, Borges will whip up hearty sandwiches such as the Pork Roll and Reuben, as well as veggie dishes on classics such as the Cauliflower Cubano and Kimcheese Melt. Borges will also concoct Carrot Pierogies, a Fancy Mac n’ Cheese of the week, soups and salads.
The café-bar will open daily at 7 a.m. to offer La Colombe roasts, homemade pastries, juices, smoothies and a selection of take-out brunches such as a Jerusalem Bagel with smoked salmon, labneh and caper relish.
The space, which most recently housed the DeShantz Pork & Beans concept, will feature seating for approximately 100 customers, including lounges and a full bar.
Al fresco dining is dependent on the completion of a building project. The downtown Pittsburgh partnership is currently giving Sixth Street a facelift, which will include permanent patio space.
In addition to opening Sally Ann’s, the DeShantz Group, which is co-owned by Tolga Sevdik, is working on renovating Fish Nor Fowl and Butcher and the Rye. Meat & Potatoes, täkō, Poulet Bleu, gi-jin, Coop De Ville and täkō tôrtä are all open.