Chef Sousa closing Station Street Hot Dogs
Chef Kevin Sousa will not renew the lease for Station Street Hot Dogs and plans to close the East Liberty shop on Nov. 22.
“Unless a new buyer moves in right away, we might do a couple pop-up days, like Black Friday or maybe a few in December,” Sousa says. “We know activity in the space is good for everybody, so we’re staying loose to the possibility of doing a few things.”
Beginning Nov. 4, Station Street will be open for lunch only from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
The announcement comes nine months after Sousa announced his departure from his popular restaurant Salt of the Earth in Garfield to focus his attention on a new project in one of the city’s struggling communities.
A former Braddock car dealership will become home to Sousa’s new project, Superior Motors, thanks to a successful online Kickstarter fundraising campaign that drew $310,225 in support from more than 2,000 donors in early January. The Heinz Endowments supported the project with a $40,000 challenge grant slated for job training.
Braddock Mayor John Fetterman owns the building and will provide it to Superior Motors rent-free. Sousa, who also owns Union Pig and Chicken, is tentatively eyeing a spring 2015 opening for his new restaurant.
Superior Motors will embrace farm-to-table dining, using produce from a 2-acre urban farm one block away, a rooftop greenhouse and additional roof space to accommodate a raised-bed garden. The restaurant will provide professional culinary training and opportunities at no cost to residents.
Construction on the space is under way, Sousa says.
“Things are moving forward, and in the grand scheme of things, I feel like we’re moving really quickly,” he says. “We were funded in February, and to get full architectural drawings completed in nine months, I feel really good about it.”
Rachel Weaver is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7948 or [email protected].