Glenn and Lisa Hawley, Original Founders and Owners of Monterey Bay Fish Grotto and Rodi Grille House have turned their attention to a new endeavor, Off The Hook located in the Warrendale Village, in the north suburbs of Pittsburgh.
The new restaurant features an open oyster bar, where guests can observe chefs shucking live, as well as outdoor dining, and extensive wine by the glass program, chef’s table inside the kitchen and a unique hand-cut fish to-go option.
Under the leadership of the Hawleys, Monterey Bay was voted Best Seafood by readers of Pittsburgh Magazine 15 years in a row. The restaurant received the same recognition from Pittsburgh City Paper, Trib Total Media, and City Search. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette listed Monterey Bay in the Top 10 in 1998, and the restaurant has been on the Wine Spectator Award list for 12 years.
The Hawleys predict similar accolades for their new venture.
“We’re taking everything we know about the restaurant business and everything we know about dining in Pittsburgh and putting it into this new endeavor,” Hawley says.
Glenn along with Executive Chef, John Dober are using their fresh fish contacts, from Hawaii to Alaska to Maine, to stock the Oyster Raw Bar with six to eight varieties daily along with sashimi, ceviche, and crudo fish preparations. Guests can also order prime cuts of their favorite fish to-go. The owners plan to supply recipe cards so that regular diners can cook their favorite dishes at home, capitalizing on a trend of gourmet take-out.