At 27, Tanner Fitzgerald was way too young to raise a glass at the original Froggy’s bar Downtown. He wasn’t even a teenager yet when it closed in 2003, after a storied run as one of Pittsburgh’s best-known watering holes.
But Fitzgerald’s new bar, a time capsule of Pittsburgh’s drinking past, takes its name from Froggy Morris’s beloved business. And amid walls lined with black-and-white photos, this shot-and-a-beer bar also gives a nod to the Oakland haunt Peter’s Pub: During some Pitt games, you can order a Panther Bomb as a tribute.
Fitzgerald may be too young to remember these iconic hotspots, but he’s heard stories. And he hopes his new establishment inside the former Pollock’s bar will become a landmark for a new generation. He also welcomes fans of “This Is Us,” the popular NBC show set in Pittsburgh whose characters frequent a bar called Froggy’s.
“Froggy’s was always kind of the standard. Great drinks and everyone always went there,” says Fitzgerald. “Then it died and there hasn’t been anything like that since. Legend.”
Fitzgerald and his business partners purchased the building at 4602 Liberty Ave. in June and began renovating the former Pollock’s, peeling back decades of questionable décor to return the historic structure to its former glory.