The Gibson family is too large and has too many great cooks to have just one restaurant. Its original restaurant, Gibson’s, in Penn Hills, offers Southern specialties and sides and has experienced continued success since opening in 2006. So the family decided to open another location in Bloomfield.
Nana’s Place opened in July in the heart of Bloomfield on Liberty Avenue. The sit-down restaurant was named after co-owner’s Amicia Collins’ grandmother, and the space was designed to recall the visits Collins had with her grandma every Saturday.
“When you walk into [Gibson’s], you can get your meal in less than three minutes,” says Collins. “Here, it is a bit more relaxed, and [it’s] made to feel like her living room.”
Nana’s menu is slimmer than Gibson’s, offering turkey, roast beef, baked ham and catfish dinners with a few sides and salads. And while you can’t sample Gibson’s charcoal-grilled ribs (which sell out every Saturday), you can still enjoy the family’s most popular dish: macaroni and cheese.
Nana’s hopes to add desserts soon. Collins says the desserts will be in honor of her grandma, who passed away recently but was baking pies for Gibson’s up until three months before her death.
It’s this spirit that drives the family enterprises. At the cozy Bloomfield space, diners might be greeted by Collins’ siblings, aunts or cousins — whoever has time to help out. “My granddad, who is in his 80s,” says Collins, “still comes up and pitches in from time to time.”
4510 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. 412-682-1400