Ellsworth Avenue is located in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is mostly a commercial street that has locally owned businesses, galleries, restaurants, and bars. It runs southwest-northeast, parallel to Walnut Street, another commercial street, and is bounded by Shady Avenue to the east and South Neville Street to the west. Ellsworth Avenue is one of Shadyside's three business districts, along with South Highland Avenue and Walnut Street.
Several Pittsburgh Historic Landmarks line Ellsworth Avenue. At the corner of Neville and Ellsworth is the Church of the Ascension, an episcopalian church that was named a landmark in 1971. Colonial Place is a mansion designed by George S. Orth that became a landmark in 1898. Roslyn Place and Ellsworth Terrace are also landmarks located here.
In the 1964, Margo Lovelace bought 58881/2 Ellsworth and started a marionette theatre called the Lovelace Theatre. A mural was painted on a west-facing wall of 5883 Ellsworth Ave to commemorate her contribution to the arts in the region.
Ellsworth Avenue's locally owned businesses include Eons and Hey Betty, two vintage and resale clothing stores, GalleriE CHIZ and Mendelson Gallery, two art galleries, the Steel City Fiber Collective, and beauty salons such as Salon 5844, Capristo salon, Dante Salon and Mikel's. Other businesses include Pitt’s Dogg’n It, a beer store, Petagogy, a local pet supply store, the East End Veterinary Medical Centre, Tokyo Japanese Food Store, and a laundromat called the Laundry Factory.
Ellsworth has a number of restaurants such as Bites and Brews, Fajita Grill, Open Bottle Bistro, and Umi and Soba, which are part of the Big Burrito Restaurant Group. Food chains located on Ellsworth include the first Crazy Mocha Coffee Company and the Bagel Factory.
Ellsworth also features two of Pittsburgh's gay and gay friendly bars, Spin Bartini and Ultra Lounge and 5801 Video Lounge and Cafe. Other popular bars include Elbow Room and Harris Grill, which has "bacon night" on Tuesdays.
Martin Luther King Jr. mural
There is a 100-foot long mural dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. at the corner of Ellsworth Avenue, near the busway stop in East Liberty, that was created in the summer of 2007. The mural begins at Ellsworth, goes along Shady Avenue, and ends at Penn Avenue. The idea for the mural started with local Pittsburgh artist Kyle Holbrook.
The mural panels were funded by local foundations including The Heinz Endowments, Grable Foundation, Pittsburgh Foundation, Laurel Foundation, August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Multicultural Arts Initiative and National City Bank.
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