In The News

SAG Sells Beehive on East Carson Street to Open Millennial Concept Restaurant & Bar

Sep 24 2018

The Beehive Coffeehouse & Dessertery is causing a stir in south side as people buzz to get their final Beehive favorites. The Beehive, created to cater to an artsy crowd, has been South Side’s meet up hub for an array …

Posted in Blog, General News, In The News, Sold

Here’s the latest restaurant Frangiadis planning in Garfield

Dec 21 2016

Christian Frangiadis is looking to bring smoke, fire and plenty of sauce to a new restaurant planned for a long-empty building in Garfield. After successfully opening his new restaurant Spork on Penn Avenue in March, Frangiadis and his partners are …

Posted in In The News

Steelers great Ward partnering in companion restaurants in former SiBA space

Apr 21 2015

Ron Sofranko, a Wexford-based restaurant consultant, expects a strong operating partner matched a with a major name such as Ward’s should result in a thriving restaurant for a location he sees as outside Cranberry’s main restaurant row on Route 19. …

Posted in In The News

Circolo Woodfired, Lounge 88 and Stogies opens tomorrow

Jan 29 2015

Circolo Woodfired, Lounge 88 piano bar and Stogies Cigar Bar will open at 11 a.m. tomorrow at 2100 E. Carson St. Ron Sofranko of Sofranko Advisory Group LLC brokered the deal and partnered with Troy Potteiger. Mr. Potteiger spent 23 years working for Coca-Cola, first …

Posted in In The News

Tapped Brick Oven and Pour House has successful grand opening!

Jan 12 2015

Tapped Brick Oven and Pour House hits the ground running with a packed house! Julie and Eric Jones, proud owners of Tapped Brick Oven and Pour House, opened this past week to a huge crowd. Social media drove the success with over 1000 …

Posted in In The News

Twisted Jimmy’s operators to bring new restaurant to Route 19

Dec 04 2014

Lang said he and his brothers scouted other locations in places such as Lawrenceville and Shadyside before he began working with local restaurant business broker Ron Sofranko, who suggested the location. “There’s a lot of risk in it but also a …

Posted in In The News

5 Tips For Unshackling Your Inner Entrepreneur

Dec 01 2014

Ron Sofranko is a businessman’s businessman. From selling stereos out of his dorm room, to consulting, opening and advising 97 restaurants throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, he’s done it all. We met Ron through his consulting, brokerage and finance company, …

Posted in In The News

Dine: From corporate job to restaurant owner

Nov 16 2014

Several new restaurant owners in the area are defecting from corporate work to wade into the restaurant industry. Some of them are going through the Pine-based Sofranko Advisory Group LLC because the group offers assistance beyond brokering and financing in …

Posted in In The News

Frangiadis returns to bring new ‘Taste’ to former Quiet Storm space

Nov 05 2014

David Glickman, a director in the Pittsburgh office of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, represented the property in the deal after Wexford-based Sofranko Advisory Services Group, LLC introduced him to Frangiadis and his new plans. He said Frangiadis‘s track record suggests a new restaurant that …

Posted in In The News

New owner soon to take over House of 1,000 Beers

Oct 30 2014

House of 1,000 Beers, a bottle shop and craft beer destination that’s grown into a seven-figure business out of a 3,500-square-foot location in New Kensington, is being sold. Art Barbus, an avid home brewer and former facilities director at the Asbury …

Posted in In The News

Carreau working to open new upscale Greek restaurant Poros in PPG Place next spring

Oct 14 2014

Yves Carreau has a name and a concept hashed out for a new upscale Greek restaurant slated for a former PNC Bank branch on a corner of PPG Place that fronts onto Market Square. Ron Sofranko, a Wexford-based restaurant consultant and …

Posted in In The News

Triple-play restaurant approach coming to 2100 Carson St.

Sep 12 2014

A new partnership is working to bring a new triple-play restaurant strategy to 2100 Carson St., a restaurant location in the heart of the South Side’s business district known for predecessors such as Mullen’s on Carson and before it Paparazzi. …

Posted in In The News

Church making food bigger part of mission

Aug 22 2014

Now, Senior Pastor Tom Hall hopes to upgrade the church’s dining facilities in an effort to bring in more newcomers and build its congregation. “There’s a very profound theology about sharing a meal with someone,” Hall said. “Sharing a meal …

Posted in In The News

Sofranko Advisory Group succeeds where others have failed

May 19 2014

In a recent article published by the Post Gazette, restaurants are failing in spaces that have high visibility and heavy foot traffic.  At Sofranko Advisory group, we understand that location, although important, is not the only factor when it comes to …

Posted in In The News

John Bingham leaves Nine on Nine for Sirena

Mar 17 2014

The chef de cuisine of Nine on Nine, John Bingham, has left that Downtown restaurant to head Sirena Taco Joint & Bar, a place in progress at 3909 Washington Road in McMurray that is scheduled to open in May. The restaurant from …

Posted in In The News

EXCLUSIVE: New taco joint to debut in Peters Township

Mar 05 2014

A restaurant concept rare in this area is set to make a splash in Peters Township. After closing down the Dozen Cupcakes last September, owner Doreen Valentine is now working to reopen the 3,050-square-foot location as Sirena Taco Joint & Bar. Named after …

Posted in In The News

Bistro 9101 to open soon in McCandless

Jan 14 2014

The former director of food service at Carnegie Mellon University is poised to go out on his own with a new restaurant in McCandless Township. Sean Minahan and his wife are close to opening Bistro 9101 in the former Ziggy’s space on Route …

Posted in In The News

Bravo! Cucina Italiana founder wants to bring fast-casual Italian to Pittsburgh region

Aug 12 2013

One of the founders of Bravo! Cucina Italiana is working to bring a new fast-casual restaurant being touted as an Italian version of Chipotle to the region. Columbus-based Piada Italian Street Food, which bases its name and menu on a sandwich …

Posted in In The News

Walnut Grill coming to Bridgeville

May 31 2013

Ron Sofranko, a partner in Walnut Grill Holdings, expects the location will be a strong one for the new restaurant, noting that one of the shopping center’s main tenant, the Pittsburgh Bottle Shop Cafe, has always been successful there. “It …

Posted in In The News

It’s full speed ahead for Quaker Steak & Lube

May 28 2013

The office walls of Quaker Steak & Lube Franchise Corp.’s CEO are decorated with hubcaps and car memorabilia, much like its restaurants’ decor. “I’m not a motor head or even a car guy,” said the aptly named John Longstreet. “But …

Posted in In The News

Lot in Pittsburgh airport corridor holds much development promise

May 23 2013

After spending the last 31 years parking cars near Pittsburgh International Airport, Charlie Brown is ready to take a stab at something new — office development. Mr. Brown, owner of Charlie Brown’s Airport Parking, is one of three partners in …

Posted in In The News

Matthew Porco to lead Sienna Mercato

Feb 15 2013

Nick Nicholas, who owns Nicholas Coffee Co. in Market Square, has bought the former Trombino piano gallerie building in the 900 block of Penn Avenue and plans to transform it into a three-level restaurant. Nicholas has reached a long-term lease agreement with …

Posted in In The News

Mediterranean Bakehouse raising dough in Arizona

Nov 16 2012

Ron Sofranko, principal of Wexford-based Sofranko Advisory Group, which consults with restaurants and other food service operations, said he can’t imagine chasing such a far-flung expansion.“It’s very, very difficult to establish one facility across the country and have one facility …

Posted in In The News

Waffles INCcaffeinated bringing breakfast back to Pittsburgh’s South Side

Sep 07 2012

Ron Sofranko, who consulted with Waffles INCaffeinated, was impressed with their operation and sees it as fitting with the trend of upscale casual dining. He said they should be able to grow on the success they’ve experienced in New Brighton. …

Posted in In The News

Pittsburgh liquor licenses in short supply

May 25 2012

When Rick Stern began to renovate his family’s 90-year-old Manor Theatre in Squirrel Hill, he thought it would be easy to secure a liquor license. Instead, it took four months to find one, when it once took no time at all. After …

Posted in In The News

Entertainment Venue To Open In North Hills

Jan 12 2012

WARRENDALE (KDKA) – A 20,000 square-foot entertainment complex is expected to make its grand opening next month in the North Hills. This new venue, named Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, is located off Warrendale Road and will be the only entertainment facility of …

Posted in In The News