Chef José Andrés’ Beefsteak Now Open in Carnegie Mellon University’s Newly Renovated Cohon Center Marketplace

Marking the first Pittsburgh location for the vegetable-forward fast casual concept

Chartwells Higher Education and Carnegie Mellon University have welcomed Beefsteak to the newly renovated Cohon Center Marketplace, marking the first location in the Greater Pittsburgh region.

Beefsteak, a fast-casual, vegetable-forward concept from renowned chef and humanitarian José Andrés, celebrates the power of vegetables and puts them center stage. This is good, food fast – showcasing the season’s best produce and year-round favorites to create hearty, nourishing and delicious meals. The central focus of the menu is the selection of bowls with countless options, combining flash-prepared vegetables, hearty grains, flavorful sauces, crisp and fresh toppings and optional meatier toppings like smoked salmon, chicken sausage, or a poached egg.

“We are beyond excited to bring this innovative and on-trend concept to CMU,” shares Nadeem Zafar, Division President for Chartwells Higher Education. “Our goal is always to provide the freshest, high-quality foods that fuel our students and provide them with the options they want. With such a diverse campus and requests for foods that fit into a plant-based diet, we feel that Beefsteak hits the mark and will be a great addition to the dining location line-up.”

Beefsteak has a location in Washington, D.C. along with partnership locations on university and medical campuses across the country. “The innovation coming from Carnegie Mellon University is matched by the culinary creativity you find in Pittsburgh,” said Eric Martino, chief operating officer for José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup. “Our team is excited for Beefsteak to fuel the next generation of thought leaders and game-changers on campus in partnership with Chartwells Higher Education.”

The New Cohon Center Marketplace

The Cohon Center Marketplace will re-open after a major renovation, featuring four new and refreshed open-kitchen dining concepts: Beefsteak, Back Bar Grill and Innovation Kitchen, opening this spring; and Grano Pizza and Pasta, which will open in the fall 2021 semester.

“The Cohon Center Marketplace sits in the center of campus, where students, faculty, staff and guests engage in work, collaboration and movement, as well as taking a moment to reset, often over a meal,” said Pascal Petter, director of dining services. “Our goal for this renovation is to enhance the design of the space to improve the customer experience while bringing delicious, innovative cuisine to our campus community.”

The new marketplace will allow for more circulation space and faster speed of service, while the open-kitchen concepts will offer a variety of customizable cuisines. Guests can enjoy freshly-prepared, plant-forward bowls, salads and soups at Beefsteak, made-to-order grilled sandwiches and burgers at Back Bar Grill and a rotating menu of international cuisine, influenced by our student recommendations, at Innovation Kitchen.

“Aligned with CMU Dining Services’ and the university’s strategic plans, we are delighted to broaden our portfolio of dining locations within social and interactive venues that support the health and wellness of our community,” said Petter.