Monthly Archives: July 2020

Ella Fitzgerald-Just one of those things

Ella Fitzgerald was a 15 year-old street kid when she won a talent contest in 1934 at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Within months she was a star. Ella: Just One of Those Things follows her extraordinary journey over six decades as her sublime voice transforms the tragedies of her own life and the troubles of her times into joy. The film uses never-before-seen images and unheard interviews to bring Ella Fitzgerald to life and to tell the story of her music — a black woman who makes her career in the face of horrifying racism.

Hamilton the Musical

Hamilton: An American Musical, simply known as Hamilton, is a musical with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It tells the story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, the show’s music draws heavily from hip hop, as well as R&B, pop, soul, and traditional-style show tunes; the show also casts non-white actors as the Founding Fathers and other historical figures. Through this use of modern storytelling methods, Hamilton has been described as being about “America then, as told by America now.”

From its first opening, Hamilton received critical acclaim. The show premiered at the Public Theater, Off-Broadway on February 17, 2015, where its engagement was sold out; it won eight Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical. It then transferred to the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway, opening on August 6, 2015, where it received uniformly positive reviews and strikingly high box office sales. At the 2016 Tony Awards, Hamilton received a record-setting 16 nominations, eventually winning 11 awards, including Best Musical. It received the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

What Mr. Craig Davis says about the StarLoftsPgh

“I was a resident in both the Star Loft and Sky Loft for 2 ½ years; both apartments are beautiful, clean, and well maintained. You can’t find a better location to live in Pittsburgh- right in the heart of the cultural district, within walking distance to all downtown businesses, theaters, restaurants and nightlife. Charlie and Janet are the perfect landlords- professional, responsive, and above all kind. I will miss them and would enthusiastically recommend their beautiful building to anyone.” -Craig Davis, CEO Visit Pittsburgh

Residents of the, info about your other kitchen.

It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for: the debut of the Proper Patio! We’ve partnered with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to turn the lot next door into an outdoor dining oasis! Beginning Thursday, June 25 patio hours will be Tuesday-Thursday 4-8PM, Friday 4-9PM, and Saturday noon-9PM. We are taking additional measures to ensure the safety of our guests and employees, including:

  1. Sanitizing tables and chairs in between guests
  2. Sanitizing our single, ADA-accessible restroom in between uses
  3. Wearing disposable medical-grade masks and gloves both inside and outside the restaurant
  4. Taking employee temperatures before every shift and maintaining social distancing during shifts
  5. Maintaining a minimum of six feet between our outdoor dining tables
  6. Providing single-use, disposable, and (whenever possible) biodegradable serving containers and plates as well as sealed packets containing utensils, napkins, and salt & pepper packs
  7. Providing single-use paper menus
  8. Offering bottled water and Coke products in cans. We unfortunately cannot offer free refills on these non-alcoholic beverages. Cocktails, beer, and wine are served in the appropriate glassware that is heat-sterilized in between uses. If you’d prefer, we can also serve alcoholic beverages in disposable plastic cups or Styrofoam cups with lids.

Since we are still in the middle of a global pandemic, there are some rules we respectfully request our guests follow:

  1. Please wait to be seated by our host. Tables and chairs are reserved for paying customers of Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room.
  2. Please wear a mask when entering and leaving our outdoor dining space, while waiting to be seated by our host, and while using our indoor restroom.
  3. Please do not move or rearrange tables or chairs. They are spaced in compliance with state and local ordinances.
  4. Each table can seat four individuals. If your group is larger than four people it’s possible that you won’t all be seated together.
  5. Kids are welcome but must remain seated at your table.
  6. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed and well-behaved.
  7. Please do not congregate in the outdoor dining area, walkway, or lobby.
  8. Please be patient with us! We are navigating a completely new way of doing business while trying to strike a balance between hospitality and safety.

Our indoor dining room remains closed to the public. If inclement weather occurs we may have to box up your food and give it to you to go. If you have any additional questions or concerns, a member of our management team will be happy to speak with you directly.

Thank you for your loyalty, support, and patience! We can’t wait to serve you again!