The Modern Cafe, a North Side icon, has reopened after a long hiatus. Located in the Allegheny West neighborhood, the Modern was known for its distinctive art deco exterior (the interior served as a set for the 1999 Pittsburgh-shot film "Wonder Boys" starring Robert Downey, Jr., Tobey Maguire, Katie Holmes and Michael Douglas). While a fire devastated the Modern in December 2008, owners Dean and Irene Zotis were intent on reopening. After 15 long months of work, the Modern Cafe is back, with an art deco facade reminiscent of the original and a brand new sparkling interior. The Modern serves casual fare for lunch and dinner, as well as a variety of adult beverages. Set at the corner of Gavelston and Western Avenues, it is across the street from another North Side favorite, Cassis restaurant.
By the way, restaurant manager Constance Zotis (shown above), daughter of the owners, was an intern here at the Priory in the Summer of 2008, by the way.
Click here for a story in the Tribune Review regarding the reopening of the Modern Cafe.