Designation Level: Gold

Named for its location at the intersection of Butler Street and 52nd Street in Upper Lawrenceville, B52 is a vegan cafe that serves Middle Eastern influenced plates made from scratch. The shop offers a full-service espresso bar, and house-made baked goods and chocolates, all of which are completely void of any animal product. B52 has been a Gold designated Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant since 2016, demonstrating its high commitment to sustainability and to the Pittsburgh community.

Chef Omar Abuhejleh offers a wide variety of snacks, desserts, small plates, and entrees inspired by his passion for Middle Eastern cuisine, his journeys around the world, and his commitment to animal welfare. Whether you’re craving caffeine and baked goods in the morning, a light bite for lunch, or a delicious dinner, B52 has something for you. The unique, handmade recipes and the contemporary atmosphere have earned high praise from vegans and non-vegans alike.

As a Gold designated Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant, B52 practices a wide array of sustainable actions. Of course, a commitment to vegan cuisine gets high marks in the responsible sourcing category by not purchasing meats and animal products that contribute to excessive greenhouse gas emissions and water use. B52 doesn’t stop there, however. The menu emphasizes high quality foods where about 70% are organic. To reduce waste entering a landfill, they compost their food scraps with Hazelwood Urban Farm. Abuhejleh makes a point to purchase Energy Star equipment and appliances and he has upgraded to energy efficient lighting throughout the café. To learn more about their sustainability efforts, you can view B52’s profile to read their complete designation report.

Want to stop by B52 and experience it for yourself? Head to 5202 Butler Street in Lawrenceville, 7 days a week. It is open from 8am to 9pm Monday through Friday, 9am to 9pm on Saturday, and 9am to 3pm on Sunday.