Fast-Casual Pizza and Gelato Restaurant Tinybrickoven Coming to Federal Hill

| December 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Fast-casual pizza and gelato restaurant Tinybrickoven will open early next year at 1036 Light St. in Federal Hill. The space was home to Grilled Cheese & Co. before it closed in September.

Tinybrickoven is owned by Will Fagg, who spent the last few years operating the business at food festivals and teaching the art of making pizza. Fagg spent the past year looking for his first brick-and-mortar location and was hoping to find a space in in Alexandria or Arlington, but he soon realized that commercial space is a lot more affordable in Baltimore.

Fagg said when the opportunity at 1036 Light St. popped up that it was “too perfect” to pass up. Fagg is thrilled to be a part of a historic neighborhood like Federal Hill and in a historic building that dates back to 1900.

Fagg conducted extensive research on the space and learned of its past as a Baltimore Lunch Room, a music shop, Arundel Meat Market, and Dangerously Delicious Pies.

While Fagg is originally from Northern Virginia, he worked at Johns Hopkins as an operating room nurse and grew to love Baltimore. Fagg recently stopped nursing to focus on opening Tinybrickoven.

Fagg is completing a mostly-cosmetic renovation of the retail space which will include an ordering counter and a back dining room. He has a vision for a “rustic Italian” feel in the space.

Fagg is installing three Turbochef ventless pizza stone bottom ovens behind the counter. These ovens reach temperatures of more than 800 degrees and cook his signature pizzas in under two minutes. He plans on continuing to invest in the space as his business grows.

The pizza at Tinybrickoven will have some similarities to Neapolitan style, but will be crispier and use tomatoes from New Jersey. The pizzas will include Fagg’s housemade dough recipe that takes several days to make, in addition to whole milk mozzarella. Fagg said he is very conscientious about the ingredients he uses and won’t be using any foods with preservatives.

Tinybrickoven will have a set menu of traditional pies and customers will also be able to build their own. It will also serve vegan pies using housemade vegan mozzarella and vegan sausage, as well as offer gluten-free crust.

The pies will be about 10 inches and cost around $10.

Tinybrickoven will serve gelato from Alexandria’s Casa Rosada Artisan Gelato, a favorite business of Fagg.

Fagg is hoping to open Tinybrickoven in March. It will open at 11am everyday and close at 9pm on Sunday to Thursday. It will offer late-night hours on Fridays and Saturdays, and potentially on Thursdays.

Tinybrickoven will partner with apps like GrubHub and Uber Eats for delivery.

Fagg is a U.S. Navy veteran and has cooked his pizzas at VA events in the Washington, D.C. area. He plans on using his business to help out local veterans and participate in local charity events. Tinybrickoven will host a guest chef program to raise money for local charities.

Fagg is also hoping to open a Tinybrickoven food truck in the near future.

Photo of Will Fagg courtesy of the Tinybrickoven Facebook page 

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