The latest Winghart’s Burger & Whiskey Bar has changed ownership and is undergoing a concept overhaul and branding.
On Saturday, Winghart’s South Side location changed hands from Bandhu Brothers Inc. – which retains the rights to the Winghart name – to first-time restaurateur and Pittsburgh native Matthew Miklos, 35, of Plum, for an undisclosed price. Miklos will be joined in day-to-day operations by his business partner and longtime friend Bill Bourke, 62, of Castle Shannon.
“We’ve been working on these ideas and recipes for almost 11 years,” Bourke said. “We chose our timing rather than just jump into it, and then six months later you’re just done. “
The duo intend to serve many of the dishes made popular by Winghart’s, but with a new focus.
Courtesy of Matt Miklos
Matt Miklos, left, and Bill Bourke, right, will turn former Winghart’s into Oddballs over the next month or so.
Meatballs presented in an atypical way with a choice of dips, a carefully prepared cocktail menu and numerous gluten-free options will be the themes of the establishment whose desired uniqueness has led to its name: Oddballs.
“Instead of being in the center as usual, we are just a little behind. Just to make people laugh. Just to have a good time, ”Bourke said.
Prior to the transaction, Winghart’s South Side location was the last in the chain in operation. Winghart’s location in downtown Pittsburgh’s Marketplace closed in late 2019 after its third fire and approximately $ 50,000 in damage. Three other Winghart sites – Oakland, Hempfield and Monroeville – have all previously closed for various reasons.
Oddballs’ grand opening will take place on March 6, although the restaurant will be open for business during the transition.