Back to Square One: Square Cafe Opens a Second Eatery in Regent Square | Pittsburgh Magazine

Square Cafe is going back to Square One. 

The East Liberty restaurant has announced that it will open a second location in Regent Square, dubbed Square One, on April 1. It’s no joke — Regent Square was the popular eatery’s original stomping grounds when it first opened almost two decades ago, and the new name pays homage to its roots on Braddock Avenue.

Square One will occupy the redesigned My Goodness space, also fronted by Square Cafe Owner Sherree Goldstein. It will be in the same spot as the original Square Cafe before it moved to a much larger space in East Liberty. That location, considered its flagship, will remain.

“My Goodness has had a great run, but with the pandemic we were seeing and hearing a longing to have a Square concept back in Regent Square from our neighbors and friends,” Goldstein said in a press release. “We decided to go back to basics — ‘square one,’ so to speak.”

The new Regent Square restaurant will operate Wednesdays through Sundays, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., as a carry-out and quick-dine eatery. 

Diners can expect to see a few of Square Cafe’s favorites on Square One’s menu, including both vegan and standard takes on its beloved breakfast burrito, brussels sprout hash, corned beef hash and the BALTO — bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomato sandwich. 

Its offerings will also consist of some favorites from My Goodness, such as biscuits and biscuit sandwiches, and its own unique signature items — a roast beef sandwich and a vegan-friendly muffuletta on ciabattini with spicy tofu, vegan cheese and olive tapenade. Square One will also sell locally brewed coffee and fresh fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies. Daily soup specials will be available, too.

The ordering format has been updated as well. Guests will pay at the counter for carry-out or dine-in service.

“We’ve been seeing this format pop up everywhere, and it’s a great solution to keep quality high and our team happy,” Goldstein says. “Guests can still enjoy Square and pull up a chair for a casual meal or snack in the store or enjoy us at home — they can choose their own adventure.”