Before there were value meals, turkey wraps or ultimate snack anythings, downtown lunch goers went to George Aiken’s or the Smithfield Café to fill their bellies.
Combined, these two culinary anchors of Downtown Pittsburgh served countless numbers of delicious meals for over 112 years. Both closed in the spring of 2012 due to many factors including high rent, the competition of fast-food eateries and downtown progress and development.
As a Point Park student in the 1980s who knew where the best meals were at the best price, I frequented the stools and booths of both. Thank you, you will be missed.