The restaurant that's locally famous for handing out baskets of free bacon every Tuesday is turning 10. "Some people give away pretzels and potato chips. We give away meat." says Rodney Swartz, one of four Harris Grill owners.
To celebrate, Harris Grill is joining forces with East End Brewing Company, another local institution that is celebrating the big 1-0.
"We were both just hoping for the other one to make it," says Dana Fruzynski, partner in the Harris Grill's owners group, which took over the popular Shadyside bar and restaurant a decade ago. Now the two organizations celebrating birthdays will team up for a short-pour and small-plate pairing dinner, on Dec. 6, at East End Brewing, in Larimer.
"They've been serving our beer since the first year we've been open," says Scott Smith, owner of East End Brewing. "We do a beer dinner with them every year, and this year we decided to kick it up with a fundraiser."
Keeping the money local, the dinner will benefit Animal Rescue League and Grow Pittsburgh, two organizations also both operating in Larimer.
"Expect some music, food, beer and silliness, as people come to expect from both of our companies," Smith says. "There might even be a birthday cake if we can swing it."
Through Dec. 20, Harris Grill is also hosting Hogvent, its own take on Advent, during which patrons can win prizes.
See www.eastendbrewing.com/events for tickets.