Belvederes Ultra-Dive Scheduled to Reopen in April
Some of our favorite nights out have been spent at Belvederes. From the Record Fest to 80s & 90s Night, VIA/Humanaut/Obvious electronic music showcases, Pudding Wrestling and Down & Derby, their programming has been keeping hip Lawrenceville residents and Pittsburgh 20-somethings entertained since first opening. Notorious for their smokey atmosphere, bearded bartenders, chill vibes and tasty pierogies, the community was sad to hear of the kitchen fire that seemingly happened out of nowhere in the middle of the night. Rather than feeling defeated, the staff expressed their gratitude that no one was hurt and supporters have been lending a helping hand when it comes to finding work for those left out of work. We had a chance to speak with the general manager, Joy Toujours, to find out what the future holds for Belvederes in the short term.
Opening Date & Updates:
At first, staff was hoping to get the place up and running after a few weeks, but we’ve confirmed that it’s going to take a few months. They’re keeping in close communication with their contractor regarding progress and aiming for an April 1 reopening. In terms of expectations, Joy states:
It looks like we’re doing a complete rebuild. We want to keep it “divey” – or down to earth – or welcoming to everyone – but its gonna be nicer for sure. Better than ever.
Another pressing topic we’re sure is going to be on everyone’s minds is whether or not the bar will remain smoker-friendly. We could not confirm a yes or no resolution.
Relocated Events & Peeps:
For the most current information on the relocation of regular events, stay tuned to Belvederes’ Facebook page. They’ll post info as they get it. We know for certain that 80s Night on Thursdays has found a temporary home in Cattivo‘s basement, sharing a similar vibe to that of Belves. Tuesday Karaoke with T$ has moved to The Smiling Moose and will feature guest bartenders from Belvederes. Sunday’s Service Industry Night will be at Cruze Bar, also featuring guest Belvederes b-tenders.
Aside from the ongoing Gofundme campaign that has raised over $3K to-date, you can show your support at any or all of the upcoming events folks are throwing around town to raise money for the cause. There’s a big one, Belvie’s Family Benefit Gig, this Saturday at Rock Room in Polish Hill that starts at 4:30 and is asking for a $5-$10 donation at the door. If you’re looking for a Sunday Funday head to The Ballroom, Round Corner Cantina’s newest addition, for the Fire Relief Benefit featuring DJs and all the margs you can handle.
So get out and show your support this weekend for a Lawrenceville institution that is sorely missed. We look forward to what the future brings for Belvederes and their awesome staff! Help them keep their chin up during this bumpy ride.