Well, after years of learning and growing, it's finally time to take GoreMade Pizza to the next level by opening our very first brick and mortar restaurant. If you recall from our first blog post back in 2011, this has been in the works for a long time! We've secured the most awesome of spaces, and I can't believe our luck!
The way we found the place was really quite serendipitous. This was the third property we attempted to make our home. Our second attempt was the purchase of a building in Clintonville. After months of negotiations and meetings and talks with the city, the deal abruptly fell through on a tuesday night.
The following morning, a little disheartened by it all, I perused the craigslist classifieds for some new leads, and stumbled upon something that had to be checked out. "Wanted: Pizza Shop/Italian Cafe in Italian Village".
I was in no real mood to take on another project at that moment, but the specificity of it all was begging an inquiry. I sent a quick email just to see what was up.
Just saw your post about looking for a pizza shop. I am currently looking for a place to park my mobile wood fired pizza business and would be interested in checking out what you've got going on.
Simple email to a random craigslister. And here's the response I got back about a half hour later.
Nick! It's Brian's friend Kevin!!
Dude we need to talk! You got time tomorrow or Sat? 614-xxx-xxxx
Kevin and I have known each other for about 8 years now. While we hadn't talked in over a year, we were always glad to see each other when we did. Turns out Kevin bought a building in Italian Village with the intent of bringing some much needed Italian food to the area. After some research, he decided to stick with real estate and let someone else make the Italian food. The craigslist post had only been up for about 12 hours when I stumbled across it, so the timing was quite impeccable!
Here's what the building currently looks like and a little bit about it.
936 North Fourth Street is located in the 4th street corridor in Italian Village, right next door to Little Rock Bar. It's a bustling neighborhood that's on the verge of becoming the next - big - thing. With hundreds of apartments and condos currently being built within one block of us, GoreMade Pizza is sure to be a cornerstone of the Italian Village food scene.
As you can see, the place needs some work. We launched a GoFundMe campaign a few days ago to help raise the funds to turn this into an amazing and welcoming space that serves the best pizza in town! I've met some of the locals at the neighboring bar and we were fast friends. It will be an honor to serve them in the coming years!
Nick Gore was a corporate peon by day who just made the leap to full time pizza geek. Follow his path to world class Pizzaiolo right here on the GoreMade Pizza blog. Also, check out the facebook page.