Monday, August 20, 2012

Michael Symon opens restaurant at Pittsburgh International Airport - WTAE Pittsburgh


Celebrity chef Michael Symon celebrated the grand opening of his new restaurant Monday in the Airmall at Pittsburgh International Airport.

Bar Symon is open for business, modeled after classic French cafes and breweries, with signature dishes from the chef who co-hosts ABC's "The Chew."

Symon told Channel 4 Action News' Sally Wiggin that two of his favorite menu items are the macaroni and cheese with smoked pork butt and the Lola Burger topped with a fried egg and pickled red onions -- plus the Lola Fries with sea salt and fresh rosemary.

"This is a real fun, casual concept for us -- lots of different sandwiches, homemade mac-and-cheeses, a big beer list -- so if you want to get a quick bite, get in and out in 20-30 minutes, you can do that. If you want to kind of relax for a little bit, you can do that too," Symon said.

SLIDESHOW: Photos of the new restaurant, bar, signature dishes

Monday's ribbon-cutting doubled as a family reunion of sorts.

Symon was born and raised in Cleveland, but has a lot of family in Pittsburgh and enjoys visiting the area often. His father, Dennis, is from Johnstown, and his mother, Angel, is from Monessen.

"She still is a Steelers fan," Symon said. "But like I told her, it's much harder to be a Browns fan. You guys always win."

Already the owner of several restaurants in Cleveland and one in Detroit, why would he choose an airport for his next one?

"It was purely for selfish reasons," Symon said. "As someone who travels a lot, there's nothing that makes me happier than when I go to an airport and get delicious food. We're able to cook our food from scratch, just like we would in the restaurants. We don't use any pre-made junk."

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