Lyles Loves It: Couple Celebrate Mindful Carnegie Launch
If you’ve never heard of an UTBAPH, they’re all over western Pennsylvania.
You can usually tell by their peaked roofs, trapezoid-shaped windows, and the fact that each was once a pizza shack.
One is at 1001 Washington Ave., roughly straddling the Carnegie-Scott Township line, and people who were there in the 20th century remember going there for food at the Italian and maybe a six-pack to go.
These days, the drink selection is exponentially more substantial at what launched Aug. 12 as Mindful Carnegie, which chief executive Hailey Lyle calls a kind of laid-back version of the original Mindful Brewing Co. at Castle Shannon.
“I have my pinball machines. I have darts,” the Bethel Park High School graduate said. “We have trivia on Tuesday and then a really calm and cool chess band coming on Sunday.”
Anyone who enters is greeted by a new food menu that accompanies the establishment’s rebranding of what had been called Asadero by Mindful, developed by Ryan Lyle, a Shaler Area High School graduate who happens to be the husband of Hailey.
“It was all him,” she said. “He was the mastermind behind this menu. He worked on it for quite a while, perfecting it.
He also injected his personality, coming up with fancy names for selections such as Non-Trademark Infringement Burger. Let’s just say it includes a pair of patties and a “secret sauce”.
Then there’s the Hangover Cure, a “smashed” burger — the process creates extra browning on the outside while maintaining juiciness — with cheddar cheese, eggs, bacon, and a hash brown patty. As Ryan wrote on the menu:
“Here man, eat this, you’ll feel better.”
If that’s not enough, maybe “Animal Style” fries will, topped with crispy burger bits, sautéed onions, American cheese and more of that secret sauce.
“It’s amazing and really good to share, too, if you like,” Hailey said. “You might not want to.”
For diners who like to put their own twist on sandwiches, a BYOB – Build Your Own Burger – option offers a choice of a smashed patty, chicken breast or veggie burger, complete with cheese clusters, toppings and sauces for the final touch.
Mindful Brewing’s own drinks are available on draft or in cans, along with offerings from other local breweries and a wall-mounted fridge stocked with a wide variety of brands, a mainstay since the company’s days as the name of 99 bottles.
Speaking of which, Mindful co-founder Nick Jones served as GM of 99 Bottles before he and Marcus Cox opened their brewery in January 2017. That year Hailey started working for them in as a hostess and then moved into the kitchen.
“There was a New Year’s Eve where we were really busy,” she said. “They needed me up front, and I guess I proved myself. And they wanted me to become a manager.
At that point, she and Ryan, who had been her boss in the kitchen, decided they could start dating. They married on August 8, 2021 and live in Castle Shannon.
“It’s good that we know how to talk to each other. We know when the other person is stressed, and talking about the problems and obstacles we have to overcome is much easier,” said Hailey. “Teamwork and team spirit have moved from marriage to work, and it’s working well. It’s fun working with your best friend.
Harry Funk is a news editor for Tribune-Review. You can contact Harry at [email protected]