Riverfront dining is a special and memorable experience. In this region, the options are few and so they become local favorites and tourist destinations. Add Downtown West Newton to the short list.
Last week, Subway opened its best new restaurant, dare we say anywhere? Their opening is the culmination of The Progress Fund’s three-year effort to secure and rehab this exceptionally well-positioned property for a new commercial life.
In a week, this restaurant is already a favorite. That’s a little surprising because the exterior signs are still going up, but the popularity is deserved. The view from every table is extraordinary. You can watch the free-flowing river, admire the historic West Newton Bridge, and see bicyclers on the Great Allegheny Passage across the river.
The interior is surprising too. This Subway isn’t the typical Subway you might imagine. West Newton is leading the way in a nationwide make-over. West Newton is just the 2nd store in western PA to use Subway’s new design which captures the feel of an urban café. Interior finishes and seating welcome guests to sit, read, and enjoy their meal. This new design and the river view make this the undeniably best place for a Subway sandwich.
The building dates back to the early 1920s and was most recently home to Riverside Lounge. The Progress Fund purchased the deteriorating building in March 2012 and soon thereafter began renovating the building to include a new roof, windows, and storefront. The renovation included preserving a portion of the original tin ceiling. Subway began their build out in December 2014 and opened this past week in preparation for spring and the coming trail-riding season.
Along with Subway, the full complement of rider-friendly businesses has made West Newton one of the best overnight destinations between Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. At only 35 trail miles from downtown Pittsburgh, it’s also a perfect distance for a weekend ride and overnight stay.