Suzanne Hrach and her team are starting construction on a new 5,000-square-foot restaurant on a one-acre plot in front of Warrendale Village for the new Calavera Tap + Taco.
Hrach was looking to pursue something a little different from the wood-fired pizza and pasta approach of Proper and was inspired by her recent honeymoon to Baja California by a cuisine that differed from other Mexican-oriented fare with its focus on fresh fish and seafood, grilled vegetables and salsas.
After finding limited opportunity to lease space, she decided to pursue building a restaurant of her own, a proposition that includes taking on investment partners, including Ron Sofranko, principal of Wexford-based Sofranko Advisory Services, a consultant on the project who is now an investor as well.
Sofranko said the operator, concept and location make for a compelling combination for Calavera.
“The Marshall-Pine Township corridor is probably the only place in Pittsburgh I would build this,” Sofranko said.
He noted the strength of other nearby restaurants such as Off the Hook and II Pizzaiolo, as well as the influx of luxury car dealerships along a nearby stretch of Route 19.