Park Place tenant roster growing

Burgerz and Dogz among growing list of tenants coming to Park Place at Meadowlands

July 13, 2014
Burgerz and Dogz plans an October opening at Park Place at Meadowlands off Route 19, North Strabane Township. - Jim McNutt/Observer-Reporter Order a Print

Western Pennsylvanians love their burgers and dogs –and, apparently, Burgerz and Dogz.

Doug Baros, founder and owner of the restaurant, plans to open a Burgerz and Dogz in Park Place at the Meadowlands, a mixed-use project under development off Washington and Racetrack roads. An October opening is planned, said an employee at the flagship restaurant in South Park.

The fast casual dining spot will be in a two-story building currently occupied by one tenant, behind the BFS Foods superstore that opened Oct. 30 near the entrance to Park Place.

The North Strabane Township site would be the third such BnDz – as it appears in the company logo. The second will open on Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon, likely in mid-August.

The business expansion is a reflection of owner Doug Baros’ intent to go national with Burgerz and Dogz. He says on the company website – – that “for now, we’ll continue to expand in the Pittsburgh market and start moving outside of Pittsburgh once we have a solid enough base.”

Urbanspoon loves Burgerz and Dogz, too. Urbanspoon, a restaurant information and recommendation service, not only gives BnDz 4-1/2 out of five spoons, it selected the business as one of its Top 40 Fantastic Franks places last year.

BnDz features, obviously, traditional hamburgers and hot dogs. It also has not-so-traditional burger options such as bison, vegetarian and chicken, and sausages.

The company said the meat it serves is hormone- and antibiotic-free and is grass-fed.

A diner also may create his or her own entree. Gluten-free buns and vegetarian and organic items are available.

Patrons also can select from a list of appetizers, salads and desserts, and gourmet milkshakes are being added. And there is a kids menu.

Two desserts, in particular, are intriguing to anyone who hasn’t partaken: Dessert Nachos (fried sweet dough nachos with cinnamon sugar and a choice of dipping sauces) and Wunderbar (frozen cheesecake tart dipped in dark chocolate, served on a stick).

The current site is on Brownsville Road in the Library section of South Park, near the ridiculously sharp bend of Route 88 where Library Volunteer Fire Company sits. The restaurant is little more than a mile from Trax Farms Market in Union Township.

For more information, visit the website or call 412-714-4896.

After an all-around miserable winter that delayed construction, development is accelerating in Phase I of Park Place, a 44-acre mixed-use endeavor just east of Racetrack Road. Most of it is in North Strabane, but the superstore near the entrance is in South Strabane.

That 7,500-square-foot superstore features a BFS convenience store, Sunoco gas pumps, a car wash and three BFS franchisees located inside: Tim Hortons restaurant, Little Caesars Pizza and Dairy Queen Grill & Chill.

Burgerz and Dogz will be in the two-story structure behind that complex, below Tender Care Learning Center, which christened the building by opening June 30.

“The site is starting to draw (interest),” said David Biafora, owner of Metro Property Management, the Morgantown, W.Va.-based developer .

Tender Care, a nonprofit operated by Bradford Child Care Services, provides early care and education to children 6 weeks to 10 years old. Angela Mantick is the director and she said 30 children are enrolled, with a capacity of 143. To register, call 724-222-2600 or email Mantick at

“Weather delayed work,” Mantick said, “but we’re now up and running, which is great.”

Tender Care and BnDz eventually will share the building with Sweet Frogs (frozen yogurt), Napoli’s (Italian restaurant), Waddell & Reed (investment firm), Relax Organics (salon), Don Patron Mexican Grill and a sunbed facility.

Biafora said three spaces are available there – one the first floor and two small offices on the second.

He added that work should begin soon on two other buildings, one with 40,000 square feet, the other with 20,000.

Accelerated Construction Services of Morgantown is the builder.

Rick Shrum joined the Observer-Reporter as a reporter in 2012, after serving as a section editor, sports reporter and copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rick has won seven individual writing awards, including two Golden Quills.

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