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Kevin Sousa’s Long-Awaited Restaurant Superior Motors Opens This Saturday

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Inside the Pennsylvania steel town project that’s been grabbing headlines since 2014

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Hillary Dixler Canavan is Eater's restaurant editor and the author of the publication's debut book, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes From the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters (Abrams, September 2023). Her work focuses on dining trends and the people changing the industry — and scouting the next hot restaurant you need to try on Eater's annual Best New Restaurant list.

“We are opening Saturday to the public.”

It hasn’t been an easy or short journey for chef Kevin Sousa to be able to say this about his new restaurant, Superior Motors, in Braddock, PA.

It started with his idea to bring an ambitious, community-oriented restaurant to Braddock, a town that had fallen on hard times after the steel industry slowed down. Sousa, who made his name at well-regarded Pittsburgh restaurants like Salt of the Earth and Union Pig, captured the public imagination quickly. In 2014 he broke Kickstarter records with his plans, which included a rooftop garden and a training program that would offer free housing. (To get a sense of how much was at stake for Sousa and this community, read Amy McKeever’s 2015 Eater feature about Superior Motors.) And then the project stalled out. As McKeever reported earlier this year, Sousa needed new investment to restart the project. But he got the money. And finally, it’s time to open the doors.

Superior Motors will serve dinner seven nights a week to a 78-seat dining room. Sousa describes the menu as “seasonally driven American” fare. That means foie gras served with treviso, beet molasses, hazelnut, and chicory, as well as sourdough pound cake with creme fraiche, husk cherries, and sunflower seeds.

Pittsburgh-based design firm Studio for Special Practice is responsible for the minimalist interiors, which allow for the building’s history as car dealership to remain visible. Here now, take a look around Superior Motors:

Superior Motors [Official site]