Aviva Brick Oven opening second location in Richland
Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 12:01 PM
Pizza and pasta lovers will soon have a new option for dining in Richland Township with the opening of Aviva Brick Oven along Route 8.
Owner Jay Sebes appeared before the Richland Board of Supervisors in July during the public hearing on his request to transfer a liquor license from an establishment in McKees Rocks to the restaurant opening at 5513 William Flinn Highway. Sebes opened his first Aviva Brick Oven restaurant in Warrendale eight years ago.
“It’s a pretty popular place in Warrendale, and we hope to carry that on here in Richland Township,” Sebes said.
The Richland location will be a bit different from the one on Perry Highway. That restaurant is full service and has a full bar, outdoor patio, dining area and separate kitchen facility where they do a lot of catering, Sebes said.
The location in Richland has about 55 seats and will not be full service. Customers will come in, order, sit down and the food will be brought to the table once it’s ready. There will be no bar, and they will only serve beer and wine, Sebes said.
“It’s just nice to be able to offer somebody some wine or beer when they come in,” he said.
The restaurant will be open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and six-pack takeouts will be permitted.
Sebes said they were fortunate to find the Richland location. They hope to be open within the next two weeks, he told the supervisors.
“We like the concept,” he said. “We have a lot of customers in this area, and a lot of folks are anxious for us to open up.”
No one spoke against the liquor license transfer during the public hearing period, and two residents who were present to speak on another topic expressed their support for the new restaurant.
“I work in Warrendale, and I frequent their establishment there,” Cindy Stutz said. “The food, I love it, enjoy it, it’s fantastic, never let me down. When I heard they were coming here, I was extremely excited.”
The township does not have the ultimate authority as to whether the transfer of the liquor license will occur, Richland solicitor Donald Palmer said, but their role is to receive comments and determine whether or not there might be health and safety concerns if the transfer occurred.
The board voted unanimously at the conclusion of the public hearing period to approve Sebes’ request.