Loudoun restaurateur Rick Allison is still cooking. But his namesake restaurant, Pittsburgh Rick’s, is no more—at least for the time being.
But if you’re a diehard fan of Allison’s signature Pittsburgh-style sandwiches topped with fries, don’t worry: the Pittsburgh Rick’s food truck is still very much alive and rolling.
Allison closed the restaurant in late May, citing parking issues at its location on East Market Street near the Loudoun County Government building. A “for rent” sign is now posted on the building.
He opened the restaurant in 2014 and had a devoted following, but found the food truck model more successful for his casual comfort food. Allison said he’s considering re-opening in another location down the road, but for now is focused on the food truck and his new venture—King Street Oyster Bar.
The Pittsburgh Rick’s food truck is a mainstay at the Jiffy Lube Live concert venue in Prince William County, feeding hungry concert-goers several times a week. The truck is also a favorite at local breweries.
Allison opened King Street Oyster Bar in downtown Leesburg in early May with business partner Jorge Esguerra and said the new restaurant is drawing crowds with its seafood/American menu and happy hour specials.
“People like it,” Allison said.